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
Synonyms for stigma
Related Words for stigmatastain, scar, odium, blot, disgrace, disfigurement, slur, dishonor, brand, spot, taint, imputation, mark, blame, blemish, onus, reproach
Examples from the Web for stigmata
Historical Examples of 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 have been observed beyond all question on the woman at the Saltpetriere.Mind and Body
William Walker Atkinson
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.