noun, plural stig·ma·ta [stig-muh-tuh, stig-mah-tuh, -mat-uh] /ˈstɪg mə tə, stɪgˈmɑ tə, -ˈmæt ə/, stig·mas.
- 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.
Origin of stigma
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Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of stigma
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
noun plural stigmas or for sense 7 stigmata (ˈstɪɡmətə, stɪɡˈmɑːtə)
- any mark on the skin, such as one characteristic of a specific disease
- any sign of a mental deficiency or emotional upset
- a pigmented eyespot in some protozoans and other invertebrates
- the spiracle of an insect
Word Origin 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.