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stigmatize (someone or something) as (something)

To characterize or label someone or something as being something considered disgraceful, shameful, or contemptible. She has spent the entire election trying to stigmatize her opponent as a weakling. Just because you're a total prude doesn't give you the right to stigmatize other people as sluts!
See also: stigmatize
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stigmatize someone as something

to brand or label someone as something. The opposition will try to stigmatize you as a spendthrift. Tony was stigmatized as a poor loser.
See also: stigmatize
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Finally, anti-abortion advocacy research suggests that rhetorically constructing the fetus as a unique being and framing the fetus as an independent, innocent life in need of protection allows anti-abortion advocates to compare abortion to murder, another stigmatized act.
Stigma messages serve to distinguish individuals from a general population (mark); to stereotype individuals as a distinct social entity (label); to suggest individuals are, themselves, responsible for their membership in a stigmatized group (responsibility), and to associate the individuals with danger that threatens the community's health (peril).
Because they are so effective at punishing stigmatized individuals (those who are viewed as semicommunity members and persons on the margins of society), bullies may be regarded as instrumental by those in authority (Kohut, 2007).
Since over the ages, society has persisted in greeting their fellow humans with stigma, we may not be able to change social attitudes quickly enough to protect ourselves or the next generation from the effects of being stigmatized. That likely being the case, fair or not, one way forward to stop this damage is to build in ourselves, those affected and those who care about them, resilience to spare.
3), stigma is an "attribute that is deeply discrediting" that prevents stigmatized individuals from full participation and acceptance in social life.
Marijuana, the most prevalent illegal drug used in the United States, has become less stigmatized in recent decades (Hathaway 2004); however, "harder," more dangerous drugs (e.g., cocaine, Ecstasy, opioids, amphetamine) appear to remain associated with higher levels of stigma.
HIV/AIDS has been one of the most stigmatized diseases in recent history.
Berger states there has been "little research that discusses the community work of severely stigmatized women" and Workable Sisterhood attempts to fill this void (12).
The story of Sally McDowell Thomas's very public separation and divorce from her husband, the governor of Maryland, lays bare the steep odds women faced in their struggles to recover their lives and their honor in a system that stigmatized women more than men, even when they were the victims.
While it claims that teachers are being stigmatized, it would be a real stretch to argue that any stigmatization that teachers suffered because their students were not learning constituted an injury that required a legal remedy.
As much as he tries to make peace with his being accepted to Yale Law School because of the color of his skin, he, the son of a Cornell professor, senses there was still a large part of him--and this question permeates his book--that feels somehow stigmatized, that somehow his considerable individual achievements have been devalued by affirmative action.
Overall, the students stigmatized alcohol abuse more than mental illness, leukemia, or a brain tumor.
In addition to being stigmatized by the label of going through the judicial system, minorities who have rehabilitated themselves often are faced with the obstacle of finding employment because of thorough background checks by employers.
Howard Finster, to the extent that it was known at all, was effectively stigmatized as a form of arts and crafts practiced by unusually creative religious fanatics, conspiracy theorists, and the mentally ill.
Ex-cloistered by the Napoleonic invasion (which dissolved religious houses according to the spirit of the French Revolution of 1789), and a stigmatized invalid, the Augustinian religious tried to write down the daily visions of the supernatural which she herself considered ineffable.