Learn English – Word for strong negative stereotype


What's the word for something that has a very strong stereotype linked to it? Like for example if you were to say 'she has an std' you might immediately assume she had lots of unprotected sex and was quite wreckless, or someone having a large vocabulary being classed a nerd and a 'no-lifer'. I'm talking about that initial reaction, moreso negative than positive although any response would be appreciated. Thanks

Best Answer

This is what stigma is about.

From M-W:

stigma noun

: a set of negative and often unfair beliefs that a society or group of people have about something

There's a social stigma attached to receiving welfare.