de-stigmatize








verb (used with object), stig·ma·tized, stig·ma·tiz·ing.

  1. to set some mark of disgrace or infamy upon: The crime of the father stigmatized the whole family.
  2. to mark with a stigma or brand.
  3. to produce stigmata, marks, spots, or the like, on.

verb (tr)

  1. to mark out or describe (as something bad)
  2. to mark with a stigma or stigmata
v.

1580s, “to brand or tattoo,” from Medieval Latin stigmatizare, from Greek stigmatizein, from stigmat- (see stigma). Meaning “to blemish” is from 1610s (figurative), 1630s (literal). Related: Stigmatized; stigmatizing.

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