- 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 stigmata
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
William Graham Sumner
Stigmata, etc., unprecedented in individual's experience, 7.Essay on the Creative Imagination
I knew the worst at once: it had about it all the stigmata of new poetry.
These stigmata are so visible that it has been possible to photograph them.Mind and Body
William Walker Atkinson
- 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 stigmata
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.