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Definition to classify someone or something with an oversimplified set of characteristics — especially incorrectly


someone or something representing such a classification
  • She has me stereotyped as a football jock.
stereotyped = classified in a common, but oversimplified manner
  • I was stereotyped as a lazy Southern European
  • At that age, I was a stereotypical spoiled brat.
  • My grandparents didn't people of different races and religions. They had all kinds of crazy stereotypes.
  • From his camps by the water pockets or the canyons or high on the timbered ridges of Navajo Mountain he wrote long, lush, enthusiastic letters to his family and friends, damning the stereotypes of civilization, chanting his barbaric adolescent yawp into the teeth of the world.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • stereotypes = simplistic classifications
  • If you did, then you allowed white America to go right on believing in the stereotype.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • stereotype = an oversimplified set of characteristics used to classify people — especially incorrectly
  • Stereotypes of color, race, and gender are slowly disappearing.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Tears of a Tiger
  • stereotypes = an oversimplified set of characteristics used to classify people — especially incorrectly
  • We just can't get past the stereotype of the dumb jock.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • stereotype = an oversimplified set of characteristics used to classify people — especially incorrectly
  • But the stereotype isn't a good fit.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • stereotype = simplistic classification
  • McCandless didn't conform particularly well to the bush-casualty stereotype.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • stereotype = simplistic classification
  • It would be easy to stereotype Christopher McCandless as another boy who felt too much, a loopy young man who read too many books and lacked even a modicum of common sense.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • stereotype = simplistically classify
  • It wasn't in any obvious, stereotypical way, but he was my best friend and I knew him better than anyone.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • Straightway a meeting was called among the colored people, under the stereotyped notice, "Business of importance!"
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • "What are you complaining of?' asked Philip coldly, with the stereotyped phrase used in the out-patients' room.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Otherwise, traditional stereotypes about immigrants would persist.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • There's an old stereotype that says that Lusians are as subtle as a stomach pump and about half as pleasant.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • I had just one bad day at Harvard, but only because I lived up to my own stereotype.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin'
  • It gives me permission to say stereotypical things about white girls.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • But they became stereotyped, pillared, and pompous up at the top fronting the main road.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • This is the form that racial and ethnic stereotypes take.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers

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