Stigma meaning

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An association of disgrace or public disapproval with something, such as an action or condition.
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The apex of the pistil of a flower, on which pollen grains are deposited and germinate.
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Something that detracts from the character or reputation of a person, group, etc.; mark of disgrace or reproach.
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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.

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The free upper tip of the style of a flower, on which pollen falls and develops.
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A bleeding spot on the skin considered to be a manifestation of conversion reaction.
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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.
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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.
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The sticky tip of a flower pistil, on which pollen is deposited at the beginning of pollination.
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(botany) The sticky part of a flower that receives pollen during pollination.
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A ligature of the Greek letters sigma and tau, (Ϛ/ϛ).
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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.

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The apex of the pistil of a flower, on which pollen grains are deposited and germinate.
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A small mark, spot, or pore, such as the respiratory spiracle of an insect or an eyespot in certain protists.
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A mark burned into the skin as a visible identifier of a person as a criminal or slave; a brand.
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A distinguishing mark burned or cut into the flesh, as of a slave or criminal.
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A mark, sign, etc. indicating that something is not considered normal or standard.
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A small mark, scar, opening, etc. on the surface of a plant or animal, as a pore or eyespot, etc.
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A spot on the skin, esp. one that bleeds as the result of certain nervous tensions.
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Any sign characteristic of a specific disease.
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An association of disgrace or public disapproval with something, such as an action or condition.
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A bleeding spot on the skin considered to be a manifestation of conversion disorder.
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A small mark, spot, or pore, such as the respiratory spiracle of an insect or an eyespot in certain protists.
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Origin of stigma

  • Middle English stigme brand from Latin stigma stigmat- tattoo indicating slave or criminal status from Greek tattoo mark from stizein stig- to prick steig- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin stigma, from Ancient Greek στίγμα (stigma, “brand”), from στίζω (stizō, “I mark”)
    From Wiktionary