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
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?|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|Jamie Dettmer|October 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Gabrielle Glaser|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Abby Haglage|October 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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’|Tim Teeman|September 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The honey secreted by flowers attracts insects, which, by conveying the pollen to the stigma, effect fertilization.
I have just examined a large bud with the indusium not yet closed, and it seems to me certain that there is no stigma within.More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II|Charles Darwin
In this manœuvre I found myself compelled to take part, as otherwise I would have incurred the stigma of cowardice.Seven and Nine years Among the Camanches and Apaches|Edwin Eastman
Heaven forbid that he should put such a stigma on his brethren and his kind!The House on the Moor, v. 2/3|Mrs. Oliphant
He might even be called ascetic, were not the stigma precluded by his passion for music and his love of landscape.The Incendiary|W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
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.