stigma

1. (noun) The social phenomenon or process whereby individuals that are taken to be different in some way are rejected by the greater society in with they live based on that difference.

2. (noun) Labels that associate people with unfavorable or disapproved behavior and characteristics.

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  • Plural: stigmas

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