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stereotype

noun [C] uk   /ˈster.i.ə.taɪp/ disapproving us  
C1 a fixed idea that people have about what someone or something is like, especially an idea that is wrong: racial/sexual stereotypes He doesn't conform to/fit/fill the national stereotype of a Frenchman. The characters in the book are just stereotypes.

stereotype

verb [T] uk   /ˈster.i.ə.taɪp/ disapproving us  
to have a fixed idea about what a particular type of person is like, especially an idea that is wrong: The study claims that British advertising stereotypes women. We tried not to give the children sexually stereotyped toys.
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