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Terms / Themes
English Dictionary 3b. A preconceived and oversimplified idea of the
characteristics which typify a person, situation, etc.; an attitude based on
such a preconception. Also, a person who appears to conform closely to the idea
of a type.
Definitions of stereotype on the Web:
- pigeonhole: treat or classify according to a mental stereotype; "I was
stereotyped as a lazy Southern European"
- a conventional or formulaic conception or image; "regional stereotypes
have been part of America since its founding"
- A stereotype is a commonly held public belief about specific social
groups, or types of individuals. The concepts of "stereotype" and
"prejudice" are often confused with many other different meanings. ...
- A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or
image; A person who is regarded as embodying or conforming to a set image or
type . . .
- an exaggerated belief that can be positive or negative but generalizes
without allowing for differences.
- the process of attributing particular traits, characteristics, behaviors
or values to an entire group or category of people, who are, as a
consequence, monolithically represented; includes the process of negative
- An idea that many people have about a group of people that may often be
untrue or only partly true.
- A simplistic, firmly held belief, often negative, about individual
characteristics generalized to all people within that group.