American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A mark or token of infamy, disgrace, or reproach: "Party affiliation has never been more casual . . . The stigmata of decay are everywhere” ( Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.) See Synonyms at stain.
- n. A small mark; a scar or birthmark.
- n. Medicine A mark or characteristic indicative of a history of a disease or abnormality.
- n. Psychology A mark or spot on the skin that bleeds as a symptom of hysteria.
- n. Bodily marks, sores, or sensations of pain corresponding in location to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus, usually occurring during states of religious ecstasy or hysteria.
- n. Biology A small mark, spot, or pore, such as the respiratory spiracle of an insect or an eyespot in certain algae.
- n. Botany The receptive apex of the pistil of a flower, on which pollen is deposited at pollination.
- n. Archaic A mark burned into the skin of a criminal or slave; a brand.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mark made with a red-hot iron, formerly in many countries upon criminals as a badge of infamy; a brand impressed on slaves and others.
- n. Any mark of infamy, slur, or disgrace which attaches to a person on account of evil conduct.
- n. In anatomy and zoology, a mark; a marked point or place: variously applied to marks of color, as a spot, and to many different pores or small holes. Specifically— A birth-mark; a nævus.
- n. A place or point on the skin which bleeds periodically or at irregular intervals during some mental states. The spontaneous appearance of stigmata was formerly regarded super-stitiously.
- n. plural In the Roman Catholic Church, marks said to have been supernaturally impressed upon the bodies of certain persons in imitation of the wounds on the crucified body of Christ.
- n. In botany, a modified part of the style or, when that is wanting, of the surface of the ovary, which in impregnation receives the pollen. In the latter case the stigma is said to be sessile, as in the poppy and the tulip. When the style is present, the stigma may be terminal, occupying its summit, as in the plum and cherry, or lateral, running down its face in one or two lines, as in
Ranunculus. Its form and appearance are very various. In many plants there is only one stigma, while in others there are two, three, five, or many, according to the number of styles or style-branches. The stigma is composed of delicate cellular tissue; its surface is destitute of true epidermis, and is usually moist. See pistil(with cut) and pollen-tube.
- n. In Greek grammar and paleography, a ligature (
ς) still sometimes used for στ(st), and also used as a numeral .
- n. In geometry, a point so connected with another, called the index, that motion of the index in a plane through their join causes definite motion of the stigma in this plane.
- n. A mark of infamy or disgrace.
- n. A scar or birthmark.
- n. botany The sticky part of a flower that receives pollen during pollination.
- n. a ligature of the Greek letters sigma and tau, (Ϛ/ϛ).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A mark made with a burning iron; a brand.
- n. Any mark of infamy or disgrace; sign of moral blemish; stain or reproach caused by dishonorable conduct; reproachful characterization.
- n. (Bot.) That part of a pistil which has no epidermis, and is fitted to receive the pollen. It is usually the terminal portion, and is commonly somewhat glutinous or viscid. See
Illust.of Stamen and of Flower.
- n. (Anat.) A small spot, mark, scar, or a minute hole; -- applied especially to a spot on the outer surface of a Graafian follicle, and to spots of intercellular substance in scaly epithelium, or to minute holes in such spots.
- n. (Pathol.) A red speck upon the skin, produced either by the extravasation of blood, as in the bloody sweat characteristic of certain varieties of religious ecstasy, or by capillary congestion, as in the case of drunkards.
- n. One of the external openings of the tracheæ of insects, myriapods, and other arthropods; a spiracle.
- n. One of the apertures of the pulmonary sacs of arachnids. See
- n. One of the apertures of the gill of an ascidian, and of Amphioxus.
- n. (Geom.) A point so connected by any law whatever with another point, called an
index, that as the index moves in any manner in a plane the first point or stigma moves in a determinate way in the same plane.
- n. (R. C. Ch.) Marks believed to have been supernaturally impressed upon the bodies of certain persons in imitation of the wounds on the crucified body of Christ. See def. 5, above.
- n. a skin lesion that is a diagnostic sign of some disease
- n. an external tracheal aperture in a terrestrial arthropod
- n. the apical end of the style where deposited pollen enters the pistil
- n. a symbol of disgrace or infamy
- From Latin stigma, from Ancient Greek στίγμα (stigma, "brand"), from στίζω (stizō, "I mark") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English stigme, brand, from Latin stigma, stigmat-, tattoo indicating slave or criminal status, from Greek, tattoo mark, from stizein, stig-, to prick. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Stigmata is the plural of the Greek word stigma, which is translated as ‘mark’ or ‘brand,’ like one you might place on an animal, like cowboys brand cows.”
“Social stigma is responsible for “teaching” us what is and is not acceptable for us to display.”
“The "living in sin" stigma is less than it was 30 years ago, when landlords denied apartments to unmarried couples, said Steven Ruggles, director of the Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota.”
“She who was beaten up in front of her kids and put up with it to avoid the divorce stigma is a woman.”
“Inherent in this cultural stigma is often the desertion of the partner or male responsible for the pregnancy, thus relegating the woman to position of a single mother.”
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“If the stigma is less, THEIR hope is greater, that a homosexual will have a larger pool of willing candidates – who will entertain the notion of bisexuality atleast.”
“If the stigma is less, THEIR hope is greater, that a homosexual will have a larger pool of willing candidates – who will entertain the notion of bisexuality at least.”
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