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stereotype

noun [C]    /ˈster·i·əˌtɑɪp/ disapproving
an idea that is used to describe a particular type of person or thing, or a person or thing thought to represent such an idea: All jobs can be made to fit stereotypes, but accountants are particularly easy targets. stereotype    /ˈster·i·əˌtɑɪp/ verb [T] disapproving That unfortunate statement stereotypes all men as wimps. stereotypical    /ˌster·i·əˈtɪp·ɪ·kəl/ adjective disapproving I’m not your stereotypical Texan.
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