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stigma

stigma

noun stig·ma \ˈstig-mə\

: a set of negative and often unfair beliefs that a society or group of people have about something

botany : the top part in the center of a flower which receives the pollen

plural stig·ma·ta \stig-ˈmä-tə, ˈstig-mə-tə\ or stig·mas

Full Definition of STIGMA

1
a archaic :  a scar left by a hot iron :  brand
b :  a mark of shame or discredit :  stain <bore the stigma of cowardice>
c :  an identifying mark or characteristic; specifically :  a specific diagnostic sign of a disease
2
a stigmata plural :  bodily marks or pains resembling the wounds of the crucified Jesus and sometimes accompanying religious ecstasy
b :  petechia
3
a :  a small spot, scar, or opening on a plant or animal
b :  the usually apical part of the pistil of a flower which receives the pollen grains and on which they germinate — see flower illustration
stig·mal \ˈstig-məl\ adjective

Examples of STIGMA

  1. There's a social stigma attached to receiving welfare.
  2. <the stigma of slavery remained long after it had been abolished>

Origin of STIGMA

Latin stigmat-, stigma mark, brand, from Greek, from stizein to tattoo — more at stick
First Known Use: circa 1593

Other Botany Terms

annual, burgeon, chloroplast, nomenclature, succulent, sylvan, xylem

Rhymes with STIGMA

stigma

noun stig·ma \ˈstig-mə\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural stig·ma·ta \stig-ˈmät-ə, ˈstig-mət-ə\ or stigmas

Medical Definition of STIGMA

1
:  an identifying mark or characteristic; specifically :  a specific diagnostic sign of a disease <the stigmata of syphilis>
2
3
:  a small spot, scar, or opening on a plant or animal

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