An example of a stigma is an actor not getting work because of past drinking problems.
An example of a stigma is the spot on an otherwise blemish-free potato.
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”)