1. [syn: stigmatization, stigmatisation, branding]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Brand \Brand\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Branded; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To burn a distinctive mark into or upon with a hot iron,
to indicate quality, ownership, etc., or to mark as
infamous (as a convict).
2. To put an actual distinctive mark upon in any other way,
as with a stencil, to show quality of contents, name of
3. Fig.: To fix a mark of infamy, or a stigma, upon.
The Inquisition branded its victims with infamy.
There were the enormities, branded and condemned by
the first and most natural verdict of common
4. To mark or impress indelibly, as with a hot iron.
As if it were branded on my mind. --Geo. Eliot.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the act of stigmatizing [syn: stigmatization,