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stigma

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noun stig·ma \ˈstig-mə\

Simple Definition of stigma

  • : 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

Full Definition of stigma

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

  1. 1a archaic :  a scar left by a hot iron :  brandb :  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. 2a stigmata plural :  bodily marks or pains resembling the wounds of the crucified Jesus and sometimes accompanying religious ecstasyb :  petechia

  3. 3a :  a small spot, scar, or opening on a plant or animalb :  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 play \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

Rhymes with stigma


Medical Dictionary

stigma

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noun stig·ma \ˈstig-mə\

Medical Definition of stigma

plural stig·ma·ta \stig-ˈmät-ə, ˈstig-mət-ə\play play or stigmas

  1. 1:  an identifying mark or characteristic; specifically :  a specific diagnostic sign of a disease <the stigmata of syphilis>

  2. 2:  petechia

  3. 3:  a small spot, scar, or opening on a plant or animal





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