- a mark of disgrace or infamy; a stain or reproach, as on one's reputation.
- a mental or physical mark that is characteristic of a defect or disease: the stigmata of leprosy.
- a place or point on the skin that bleeds during certain mental states, as in hysteria.
- a small mark, spot, or pore on an animal or organ.
- the eyespot of a protozoan.
- an entrance into the respiratory system of insects.
- Botany. the part of a pistil that receives the pollen.
- stigmata, marks resembling the wounds of the crucified body of Christ, said to be supernaturally impressed on the bodies of certain persons, especially nuns, tertiaries, and monastics.
- Archaic. a mark made by a branding iron on the skin of a criminal or slave.
Origin of stigma
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Examples from the Web for stigma
Myerson herself appears to have bought into that stigma, offering mixed to negative views on the Miss America pageant.Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America?
January 7, 2015
The stigma of sexual assault runs deep in Syrian culture as it does across the Middle East; rape is shaming and casts dishonor.Escaping Assad’s Rape Prisons: A Survivor Tells Her Story
October 28, 2014
To be a woman suffering from a drinking problem in America is a lonely enterprise, defined by stigma and judgment.Elizabeth Peña and the Truth About Alcoholic Women
October 24, 2014
Now, we talk about reducing the stigma of this disease—yet we've treated a visitor living with it as a threat.They May Sound Like a Good Idea, But Travel Bans for Ebola Won’t Work
October 18, 2014
The play examines dating in the post HIV/AIDS world, and the stigma that being HIV positive still carries.Into the Grindr of the Gay Dating Game: Sex, Death, and Aging in ‘Stealing Sam’
September 18, 2014
Had Hamish been making this use of it—to remove the stigma from him?The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
Sooner or later the stigma will spread to all of the sciences—and to you, doctor.Now We Are Three
Joe L. Hensley
The stigma, if pollen suffice, should be covered with pollen.Manual of American Grape-Growing
U. P. Hedrick
To be attached to our Administration is almost a stigma of disreputableness.The Soul of a People
On which part should the stigma of illiteracy set the uglier brand?Irish Books and Irish People
- a distinguishing mark of social disgracethe stigma of having been in prison
- a small scar or mark such as a birthmark
- any mark on the skin, such as one characteristic of a specific disease
- any sign of a mental deficiency or emotional upset
- botany the receptive surface of a carpel, where deposited pollen germinates
- a pigmented eyespot in some protozoans and other invertebrates
- the spiracle of an insect
- archaic a mark branded on the skin
- (plural) Christianity marks resembling the wounds of the crucified Christ, believed to appear on the bodies of certain individuals
Word Origin and History for stigma
1590s, "mark made on skin by burning with a hot iron," from Latin stigma (plural stigmata), from Greek stigma (genitive stigmatos) "mark, puncture," especially one made by a pointed instrument, from root of stizein "to mark, tattoo," from PIE *st(e)ig- (see stick (v.)). Figurative meaning "a mark of disgrace" is from 1610s. Stigmas "marks resembling the wounds on the body of Christ, appearing supernaturally on the bodies of the devout" is from 1630s; earlier stigmate (late 14c.), from Latin stigmata.
- Visible evidence of a disease.
- A spot or blemish on the skin.
- A bleeding spot on the skin considered as a manifestation of conversion disorder.
- The orange pigmented eyespot of certain chlorophyll-bearing protozoa, such as Euglena viridis. It serves as a light filter by absorbing certain wavelengths.
- A mark of shame or discredit.
- Follicular stigma.
- The sticky tip of a flower pistil, on which pollen is deposited at the beginning of pollination. See more at flower.