stigmatize (someone or something) as (something)

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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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An enlightened zeal for the energy and efficiency of government will be stigmatized as the offspring of a temper fond of despotic power and hostile to the principles of liberty.
There was more than benevolence in this action; there was courage; the south was aflame, and to assist, even on his death-bed, the father of so dangerous a Bonapartist as Dantes, was stigmatized as a crime.
In the latter country, an honest development of democracy is certain to be stigmatized as tainted with this crime.
My mother, being at once highly accomplished, well informed, and fond of employment, took the whole charge of our education on herself, with the exception of Latin--which my father undertook to teach us--so that we never even went to school; and, as there was no society in the neighbourhood, our only intercourse with the world consisted in a stately tea-party, now and then, with the principal farmers and tradespeople of the vicinity (just to avoid being stigmatized as too proud to consort with our neighbours), and an annual visit to our paternal grandfather's; where himself, our kind grandmamma, a maiden aunt, and two or three elderly ladies and gentlemen, were the only persons we ever saw.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Romania and Bulgaria hit back at efforts to deter their nationals from emigrating to Britain, saying they were being stigmatized as second-class members of the European Union.
But that reassessment came after children born to cocaine users were stigmatized as dramatically and permanently damaged, while their mothers were singled out for special condemnation and punishment.
The court also held that an official's alleged suggestion that a mental health unit assess the inmate did not constitute an "adverse action" necessary to support the inmate's First Amendment retaliation claim, absent an allegation that the inmate was transferred to a psychiatric unit, subjected to psychiatric treatment against his will, subjected to a mental health evaluation, stigmatized as having a psychiatric illness, or ridiculed by other corrections officers or inmates as the result of the official's comments.
Fear of being socially marginalizcd and stigmatized as a result of a disease outbreak may cause people to deny early clinical symptoms and may contribute to their failure to seek timely medical care (5).
This phonetic innovation, which is widespread in Western Galicia, has been traditionally stigmatized as a sign of rusticity and lack of culture, thus turning this phenomenon into a sociolinguistic marker.
In the past such people were stigmatized as "abnormal" and it was common to hide them away as not fit for public viewing.
In the 1950s, women with overly individualistic personal values were often stigmatized as masculine.