- To stigmatize is to make something seem bad or disgraceful.
When you condemn a certain type of behavior as bad or wrong, this is an example of a time when you stigmatize the behavior.
stigmatize definition by Webster's New World
- stigmatization noun
stigmatize definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb stig·ma·tized, stig·ma·tiz·ing, stig·ma·tiz·es
- To characterize or brand as disgraceful or ignominious.
- To mark with stigmata or a stigma.
- To cause stigmata to appear on.
Origin: Medieval Latin stigmatizāre, to brand, from Greek stigmatizein, to mark, from stigma, stigmat-, tattoo mark; see stigma.
- stigˌma·ti·zaˈtion noun
- stigˈma·tizˌer noun