- 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.
transitive verbstig·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 of stigmatizeMedieval Latin stigmatizāre, to brand, from Greek stigmatizein, to mark, from stigma, stigmat-, tattoo mark; see stigma.
(third-person singular simple present stigmatizes, present participle stigmatizing, simple past and past participle stigmatized)
From Medieval Latin stigmatizo (“to brand”), from Ancient Greek στιγματίζω (stigmatizō, “to mark”), from στίγμα (stigma).