Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To characterize or brand as disgraceful or ignominious.
  • transitive v. To mark with stigmata or a stigma.
  • transitive v. To cause stigmata to appear on.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To characterize as disgraceful or ignominious; to mark with a stigma or stigmata.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To mark with a stigma, or brand.
  • transitive v. To set a mark of disgrace on; to brand with some mark of reproach or infamy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To mark with a stigma or brand.
  • To set a mark of disgrace on; disgrace with some mark or term of reproach or infamy.
  • To produce red points, sometimes bleeding, in or on: as, a person or the skin stigmatized by hypnotic suggestion.
  • Also spelled stigmatise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. mark with a stigma or stigmata
  • v. to accuse or condemn or openly or formally or brand as disgraceful

Etymologies

Medieval Latin stigmatizāre, to brand, from Greek stigmatizein, to mark, from stigma, stigmat-, tattoo mark; see stigma.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin stigmatizo ("to brand"), from Ancient Greek στιγματίζω ("to mark"), from στίγμα. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • He then went on to explain why he wouldn't: It might "stigmatize" receiving banks, don't you see.

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  • The government forces every major bank to take bailout money so as to not "stigmatize" any individual bank.

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  • A leading French Muslim group, the French Council for the Muslim Religion, has warned against studying the burqa, saying it would "stigmatize" Muslims.

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