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stigma

noun
 
 
/ˈstɪɡmə/
DISAPPROVAL [C, U] If there is a stigma attached to something, people disapprove of it, especially when this is unfair: There is still a stigma attached to being mentally ill.Damaging reputationDisapproving and criticizing
stigmatize (also UK -ise) verb [T] to treat someone or something unfairly by disapproving of them: [often passive] Unmarried mothers are stigmatized by society.Humiliating and degrading
(Definition of stigma from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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