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

  • not sure if this is what you mean, but "negative connotation" and "negative association" and "negative implication" might do the job if you don't mind a two-word answer.
    – Jason S
    Commented Aug 30, 2016 at 17:15

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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.


I don't know about stereotyping, but a strong, reflexive, (typically) negative reaction is often referred to as a "visceral reaction".


You may be referring to an instance of the halo effect, which is when a bias created in one area influences judgement in another. BTW, it is "reckless", not "wreckless", but I won't allow that to cause the halo effect to get to me.


Prejudice is what comes to mind:

  • an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.


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