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stigma

[stig-muh]
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noun, plural stig·ma·ta [stig-muh-tuh, stig-mah-tuh, -mat-uh] /ˈstɪg mə tə, stɪgˈmɑ tə, -ˈmæt ə/, stig·mas.
  1. a mark of disgrace or infamy; a stain or reproach, as on one's reputation.
  2. Medicine/Medical.
    1. a mental or physical mark that is characteristic of a defect or disease: the stigmata of leprosy.
    2. a place or point on the skin that bleeds during certain mental states, as in hysteria.
  3. Zoology.
    1. a small mark, spot, or pore on an animal or organ.
    2. the eyespot of a protozoan.
    3. an entrance into the respiratory system of insects.
  4. Botany. the part of a pistil that receives the pollen.
  5. 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.
  6. Archaic. a mark made by a branding iron on the skin of a criminal or slave.

Origin of stigma

1580–90; < Latin < Greek stígma tattoo mark, equivalent to stig- (stem of stízein to tattoo) + -ma noun suffix denoting result of action; see stick2

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1. blot, blemish, tarnish.
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Examples from the Web for stigmata

Historical Examples

  • Moment by moment, the stigmata of decay became more evident.

    The Cosmic Computer

    Henry Beam Piper

  • Carmichael (In Tuscany, 228) is satisfied that Francis received the stigmata.

    Folkways</p>

    William Graham Sumner

  • Stigmata, etc., unprecedented in individual's experience, 7.

  • I knew the worst at once: it had about it all the stigmata of new poetry.

  • These stigmata have been observed beyond all question on the woman at the Saltpetriere.

    Mind and Body</p>

    William Walker Atkinson


British Dictionary definitions for stigmata

stigma

noun plural stigmas or for sense 7 stigmata (ˈstɪɡmətə, stɪɡˈmɑːtə)
  1. a distinguishing mark of social disgracethe stigma of having been in prison
  2. a small scar or mark such as a birthmark
  3. pathol
    1. any mark on the skin, such as one characteristic of a specific disease
    2. any sign of a mental deficiency or emotional upset
  4. botany the receptive surface of a carpel, where deposited pollen germinates
  5. zoology
    1. a pigmented eyespot in some protozoans and other invertebrates
    2. the spiracle of an insect
  6. archaic a mark branded on the skin
  7. (plural) Christianity marks resembling the wounds of the crucified Christ, believed to appear on the bodies of certain individuals

Word Origin

C16: via Latin from Greek: brand, from stizein to tattoo
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for stigmata

stigma

n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

stigmata in Medicine

stigma

([object Object])
n. pl. stig•mas
  1. Visible evidence of a disease.
  2. A spot or blemish on the skin.
  3. A bleeding spot on the skin considered as a manifestation of conversion disorder.
  4. The orange pigmented eyespot of certain chlorophyll-bearing protozoa, such as Euglena viridis. It serves as a light filter by absorbing certain wavelengths.
  5. A mark of shame or discredit.
  6. Follicular stigma.
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stigmata in Science

stigma

[stĭgmə]
  1. The sticky tip of a flower pistil, on which pollen is deposited at the beginning of pollination. See more at flower.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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