Definition of marginalize in English:


(also marginalise)


  • Treat (a person, group, or concept) as insignificant or peripheral.

    ‘by removing religion from the public space, we marginalize it’
    ‘members of marginalized cultural groups’
    • ‘The simplification of identities into news-friendly sound-bites throughout the NATO bombing campaign often further marginalises minority groups.’
    • ‘The effect of this was to marginalize all advocacy groups and interest groups that were not corporate.’
    • ‘Victims are marginalised and suffer twice over when the legal process treats them as mere evidence.’
    • ‘Once again, it's about attempting to marginalize Christianity for political gain.’
    • ‘The term ethnic minority is often used to refer to marginalized cultural groups.’
    • ‘Literature that is widely taught today includes writings by women and members of other historically marginalized groups.’
    • ‘Ever since the last elections, in 2001, the two camps have been attempting to marginalise each other.’
    • ‘However, I believe what this government is attempting to do is get a political mandate to further marginalise our aboriginal interests.’
    • ‘In general, she argues that community college students are multidimensional, yet institutions frequently see them in more constricted terms, further marginalizing them.’
    • ‘Taiwan must not be marginalized, belittled or treated as a locality, he said.’
    • ‘They cater to an elite audience that has marginalized market exchange as peripheral.’
    • ‘But then again, I went on to blame the mainstream media to a certain degree for marginalizing actors as some kind of annoying special interest group that are like little gnats that fly around.’
    • ‘So I definitely saw the attempts to marginalize me early on.’
    • ‘The alternative, to collapse the diversity into a univocal simplification, inevitably marginalises some members of the community and their interests.’
    • ‘Though there are attempts to marginalize us, our voices are still being heard.’
    • ‘They will continue to treat Hong Kong as a marketplace - and seek to marginalize dissenters as troublemakers.’
    • ‘This is hardly the first time that a major media network used its power to marginalize political beliefs that contradict those of its owners.’
    • ‘Soon after, though, the curtain will drop and the media will attempt to marginalize bloggers, hoping they will go away.’
    • ‘He concludes that the nature of this coverage serves to marginalize the groups and assert a greater level of social control over them.’
    • ‘Research shows early school leaving marginalises different groups in society, particularly young unskilled men, lone parents and young people in disadvantaged areas or rural areas.’
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