from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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

[Medieval Latin stigmatizāre, to brand, from Greek stigmatizein, to mark, from stigma, stigmat-, tattoo mark; see stigma.]

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From Medieval Latin stigmatizo ("to brand"), from Ancient Greek στιγματίζω ("to mark"), from στίγμα.


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