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    Default What does it mean stereotype?

    Hi friends..
    What does it mean when we say about someone that he is a stereotype person?..

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    Default Re: What does it mean stereotype?

    You might say that someone is a stereotypical person or that he fits the stereotype. A stereotype is a generalized (often oversimplified) idea or expectation for what a certain group of people are like. If a person fits the stereotype, they fillfill that idea or image exactly. You could also say, "He is a person who thinks in stereotypes." Then you mean that his ideas about people are very generalized or oversimplified. He has very strong expectations that everyone he sees will fit into a mold.

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    Default Re: What does it mean stereotype?

    It is a cultural idea for a kind of person. Stereotypes are extremely simplified, so no one actually fits them personally. Think of Mr Universe with his muscles as the ideal man, or Sheherezade as the ideal woman. Impossible ideals.

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    Default Re: What does it mean stereotype?

    stereotype. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.

    NOUN:
    1. A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image. 2. One that is regarded as embodying or conforming to a set image or type. 3. Printing A metal printing plate cast from a matrix molded from a raised printing surface, such as type.

    TRANSITIVE VERB:
    Inflected forms: ster·e·o·typed, ster·e·o·typ·ing, ster·e·o·types
    1. To make a stereotype of. 2. To characterize by a stereotype: “Elderly Americans are the neglected sector of the fashion industry, stereotyped by blue hair and polyester pantsuits” (American Demographics). 3. To give a fixed, unvarying form to. 4. To print from a stereotype.
    archetype. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.

    NOUN:
    1. An original model or type after which other similar things are patterned; a prototype: “‘Frankenstein’ . . . ‘Dracula’ . . . ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ . . . the archetypes that have influenced all subsequent horror stories” (New York Times). 2. An ideal example of a type; quintessence: an archetype of the successful entrepreneur. 3. In Jungian psychology, an inherited pattern of thought or symbolic imagery derived from the past collective experience and present in the individual unconscious.
    I would contend that according to your description Mr. Universe and Sheherezade are actually archetypes. Stereotypes are a bit more accessible.

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