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A stereotype is used to catergorize a group of people. People don't understand that type of person, so they put them into classifications, thinking that everyone who is that needs to be like that, or anyone who acts like their classifications is one.
Stereotype for Goths are black clothes, black makeup, depressed, hated by society.
Stereotype for Punks are mohawks, spikes, chains, menace to society, always getting in trouble.
by Emily January 24, 2004
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A term used to define all people of a certain belief into a mostly negative category that may only reflect a selected few of the racial demographics. All people of all nationalities have been victims of being stereotyped, even those whom have made most of the stereotypes of other people.

Note: Most stereotypes are involuntarily lived out by a small segment of who they are made to offend. Here are a few examples of stereotypes.
1.) That all white women have flat booties.
2.) That all Jews are greedy.
3.) That all blacks are lazy, on welfare, and don't believe in marriage before child barring.
4.) That all Asians are good at math.
5.) That all Arabs are angry people that like to blow shit up.
6.) That ALL black men are hung like elephants.
7.) ALL white men are hung like squirrels.
8.) All blacks crave chicken and watermelon.
9.) All blacks are hostile and will quickly bust a cap in your ass.
10.) That all Mexicans like to drive around 15-17 deep in a small ass car.
11.) That all white people get angry when they cant get jobs and see others moving ahead.
12.) That all Asains like to eat rice and drive slow.
13. That all Irish people are drunks and eat potatoes.

These are just a few..however not everyone live this lifestyle and therefor should be judged on individuality instead of being grouped as a whole.
by Mr. Dwayne July 05, 2005
98% of the "definitions" on this website.
See: 'ICP'
People should stop posting how much they hate stuff. It's not hard, just dont listen to it.
"I hate goths, I hate emo kids, ect"
by The Truth!!!!!! April 29, 2005
A stereotype is a label given to a person, a prequisite judgement. It goes hand in hand with bias, prejudice, and discrimination.
Joe is a Middle Eastern, "gothic" gay person. Because of this, people assume that he is a morbid, suicidal terrorist that has a strong passion for interior decorating. In fact, he dresses gothic because of the music he listens to, and he likes the style. He is perfectly happy, and is in several school programs to help suicidal kids. He also is a Good Smaritan. He was born in the US and is planning on joining the military as an ROTC scholar. He wants to stop terrorism. He hates design in all ways.
by Grrl Genius April 18, 2004
A commonly-held view about a particular group of people e.g. a nation, social group, religion etc... Often incorrect and/or offensive.
Some common stereotypes:

+ Americans are all loud, fat and obnoxious.

+ British people are all snobs and have bad teeth.

+ French people are all frog-eating, onion-lovers called Pierre.

+ Jews are all money-grabbing masterminds trying to take over the world.

+ Irish people are all alcoholics who love scoffing potatoes and beating up their peers.

+ Muslims are all out to kill "civilised people" by blowing themselves up by plane, bus or train.

+ Goths are morbid, suicidal and listen to shitty bands with names like "Anal Cunt."

+ Emo kids all cry and write love poems sitting under trees in the rain, letting their mascara and eyeliner drip down their faces so everyone knows that their face was wet.

+ Chavs are all loud, anti-social thugs who all live on council estates, wear fake burberry, baseball caps, steal scooters and cars and anything else they can get away with.
by Stuart Fletcher October 17, 2005
a perception of a person or thing that applies those attributes most commonly associated with the group that such person or thing belongs to, regardless of whether that perception is true. This word has gained a negative connotation and is more commonly associated with discrimination, when in reality it is a natural mechanism used by people to better understand the world. This is why when someone says "hockey player" you think of a white guy, or "rapper" and you think of a black guy, or "city" and you think of things like skyscrapers.
Stereotypes are often good and helpful things, but discrimination on the basis of prejudice/stereotypes often has negative effects.
by Big D December 17, 2004
Whether its media or people who categorise and label others to make themselves feel superior.
examples of stereotypes include:

All muslims are terrorists and want to kill people in suicide bombings. (what a loada crap)

All chinese people are very clever

Americans are all obese

All emo people do is sit down and think about how the world sucks and cut themselves and end up killing themselves.

Black people are deadly gangsters

People who listen to rap are gang members

People who listen to rock/punk/etc are emo/gothic and that R'n'B,hiphop and shit like that is the 'right' music to listen to.
by lifelesss July 10, 2008
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