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British pronunciation/stˈɪɡmɐtˌaɪz/
American pronunciation/ˈstɪɡməˌtaɪz/
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to assign a negative label or societal judgment to a person, group, or characteristic

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to create marks or scars on the body, often intentionally, as a religious or spiritual practice

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The media often stigmatizes individuals with mental health conditions.
The media often stigmatizes individuals struggling with addiction, portraying them as weak-willed and morally corrupt.
The ritualistic tattooing performed by the tribal elders was a way to stigmatize the bodies of the young initiates, symbolizing their passage into adulthood and spiritual connection.
The religious pilgrims undertook a pilgrimage that involved walking on their knees for miles, willingly enduring pain and discomfort to stigmatize their bodies and demonstrate their faith.
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