[ stig-muh ]
/ ˈstɪg mə /
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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.
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.
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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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How to use stigma in a sentence
Robin the gardener brought up the rear, his body all shaking with his infirmity, and showing the divine stigmata on his hands.The Merrie Tales Of Jacques Tournebroche|Anatole France
Many of these early suicides have distinct tendencies to and stigmata of hebephrenic melancholia.Essays In Pastoral Medicine|Austin Malley
Thus in the family of the rose-tree, we are told that the ovules are very rarely erect, the stigmata usually simple.A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and Inductive|John Stuart Mill
All three were profoundly convinced of the truth of the stigmata and of the miracle.
He saw the stigmata on her hands, which we did not, as her sleeves covered them.
British Dictionary definitions for stigma
/ (ˈstɪɡmə) /
noun plural stigmas or for sense 7 stigmata (ˈstɪɡmətə, stɪɡˈmɑːtə)
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 for stigma
C16: via Latin from Greek: brand, from stizein to tattoo
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Scientific definitions for stigma
[ stĭg′mə ]
The sticky tip of a flower pistil, on which pollen is deposited at the beginning of pollination. See more at flower.
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