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stig·​mat·​ic stig-ˈma-tik How to pronounce stigmatic (audio)
plural stigmatics
: a person marked with stigmata : a person with bodily marks or pains resembling the wounds of the crucified Jesus
The monk, a "Friar G.," is a stigmatic (who bleeds with the wounds of Jesus) with a cult following in Italy.Joseph P. Szimhart

called also stigmatist


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: having or conveying a social stigma (see stigma sense 1a)
… the event is an opportunity for people to debunk the stigmatic social narrative that addiction has anything to do with morality.Lisa Vidaurri Bowling
: of or relating to the stigma of a flower (see stigma sense 2a)
While in most flowering plants the stigma is open to direct contact with the air and visiting insects, the five receptive stigma surfaces in milkweeds are enclosed within five stigmatic chambers, open to the world only through the narrow slit.Craig Holdrege
religion : of or relating to stigmata (see stigma sense 3a)
The walls also display pictures of Audrey with priests who have visited. But most arresting is another display on the wall that contains Audrey's pink rosary beads, a tissue touched by her tears, and a handkerchief stained by blood from her stigmatic wounds.Mathew N. Schmalz
stigmatically adverb

Examples of stigmatic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
The Sisters have come a long way, but never strayed from their mission: to promulgate universal joy and expiate stigmatic guilt. Anita Chabria, Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2023 And as for that stereotype? Kiah's teammates have never seen a glimmer of her breed's stigmatic aggression. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, 18 Nov. 2016 The next stop will be the home of stigmatic Rhoda Wise, where young Rita said she was healed of a debilitating stomach ailment. Greg Garrison,, 18 Aug. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use


1594, in the meaning defined above


1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of stigmatic was in 1594

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Cite this Entry

“Stigmatic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Medical Definition


stig·​mat·​ic stig-ˈmat-ik How to pronounce stigmatic (audio)
: anastigmatic
used especially of a bundle of light rays intersecting at a single point
stigmatically adverb
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