- The definition of a stigma is something that takes away from one’s character or reputation.
An example of a stigma is an actor not getting work because of past drinking problems.
- Stigma is defined as a mark on a plant or animal.
An example of a stigma is the spot on an otherwise blemish-free potato.
nounpl. stigmas, stigmata
- Archaic a distinguishing mark burned or cut into the flesh, as of a slave or criminal
- something that detracts from the character or reputation of a person, group, etc.; mark of disgrace or reproach
- a mark, sign, etc. indicating that something is not considered normal or standard
- a small mark, scar, opening, etc. on the surface of a plant or animal, as a pore or eyespot, etc.
- a spot on the skin, esp. one that bleeds as the result of certain nervous tensions
- marks resembling the crucifixion wounds of Jesus, appearing on some devout persons in a state of intense religious fervor
- Bot. the free upper tip of the style of a flower, on which pollen falls and develops
- Med. any sign characteristic of a specific disease
- Zool. spiracle (sense )
Origin of stigmaClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek literally , a prick with a pointed instrument ; from stizein, to prick: for Indo-European base see stick
nounpl. stig·mas or stig·ma·ta
- An association of disgrace or public disapproval with something, such as an action or condition: “Depression &ellipsis; has become easier to diagnose, and seeking treatment does not carry the stigma it once did” (Greg Critser). See Synonyms at stain.
- Medicine a. A visible indicator of disease.b. A small bodily mark, especially a birthmark or scar, that is congenital or indicative of a condition or disease.
- Psychology A bleeding spot on the skin considered to be a manifestation of conversion reaction.
- stigmata Christianity Bodily marks, sores, or sensations of pain corresponding in location to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus, believed to be given as divine recognition of devotion.
- Botany The apex of the pistil of a flower, on which pollen grains are deposited and germinate.
- Biology A small mark, spot, or pore, such as the respiratory spiracle of an insect or an eyespot in certain protists.
- Archaic A mark burned into the skin as a visible identifier of a person as a criminal or slave; a brand.
Origin of stigmaMiddle English stigme, brand, from Latin stigma, stigmat-, tattoo indicating slave or criminal status, from Greek, tattoo mark, from stizein, stig-, to prick; see steig- in Indo-European roots.
(plural stigmata or stigmas)
From Latin stigma, from Ancient Greek στίγμα (stigma, “brand”), from στίζω (stizō, “I mark”)