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Definition treat as a particular type that is considered bad — often unfairly

Much more rarely, stigmatize can refer to marking with stigmata. Look at a comprehensive dictionary or encyclopedia to understand stigmata.
  • In the 1950's, she was stigmatized by society for having a child out of wedlock.
  • Society often stigmatizes people who rebel against the previously set norms.
  • These men were Saxons, and not free by any means from the national love of ease and good living which the Normans stigmatized as laziness and gluttony.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • "I didn't think she needed to be any more stigmatized than she already was.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • You have stigmatized this entire family!
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • Rape is so stigmatizing that many women do not report it, and thus researchers have difficulty tabulating accurate figures.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • How did Veronica, from the start fatherless, her family stigmatized, grow into her own fine self?
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Flinching or crying out was a sign of weakness and stigmatized one's manhood.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • This poor fellow occasionally let slip inconsiderate remarks, which the law then stigmatized as seditious speeches.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • She had seen how things like this could stigmatize children and adults—into feeling that somehow they were less than, or not as smart or capable as, others.
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • In Tom's opinion, hunting Indians up there was indeed the wild-goose chase which the expedition had been stigmatized by many of the hunters who had remained behind.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • And since their rejection might stigmatize the nominee and reflect badly on the President's judgment, they will rarely reject a nominee except when there are strong reasons.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • In Eustacia's eyes, too, it was an ample sum—one sufficient to supply those wants of hers which had been stigmatized by Clym in his more austere moods as vain and luxurious.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • An enlightened zeal for the energy and efficiency of government will be stigmatized as the offspring of a temper fond of despotic power and hostile to the principles of liberty.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Perhaps it was imagination, but Joe felt they disapproved of his carrying so much money, not because it put him in danger but because these days people who dealt in cash were stigmatized.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • Women are quicker than men to adopt "prestige forms" of language, but also quicker to adopt symbols of nonconformism, new or "stigmatized forms" that can acquire a kind of "covert prestige."
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • There was more than benevolence in this action; there was courage; the south was aflame, and to assist, even on his death-bed, the father of so dangerous a Bonapartist as Dantes, was stigmatized as a crime.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The prejudice which stigmatized labor was in the first place abandoned by common consent; the number of needy men was increased, and the needy were allowed to gain a laborious subsistence without blushing for their exertions.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Why, I had accepted of Grandma Lausch's warning only the part about the danger of our blood and that, through Mama, we were susceptible to love; not the stigmatizing part that made us out the carriers of the germ of ruination.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • He stigmatizes as turbulent and unruly spirits those who would combine their exertions to promote the prosperity of the community, and, perverting the natural meaning of words, he applauds as good citizens those who have no sympathy for any but themselves.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2

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