A plural of stigma.
- Plural form of stigma
From Ancient Greek στίγμα (stigma, “brand”). Nominative plural: στίγματα (stigmata).
Variant of stigma
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