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Definitions for stigma
ˈstɪg mə; ˈstɪg mə tə, stɪgˈmɑ tə, -ˈmæt əstig·ma

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stigmanoun

    the apical end of the style where deposited pollen enters the pistil

  2. mark, stigma, brand, stainnoun

    a symbol of disgrace or infamy

    "And the Lord set a mark upon Cain"--Genesis

  3. stigmanoun

    an external tracheal aperture in a terrestrial arthropod

  4. stigmanoun

    a skin lesion that is a diagnostic sign of some disease


  1. stigmanoun

    A mark of infamy or disgrace.

  2. stigmanoun

    A scar or birthmark.

  3. stigmanoun

    The sticky part of a flower that receives pollen during pollination.

  4. stigmanoun

    a ligature of the Greek letters sigma and tau, (u03DA/u03DB).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. STIGMAnoun

    Etymology: stigma, Latin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stigmaverb

    a mark made with a burning iron; a brand

  2. Stigmaverb

    any mark of infamy or disgrace; sign of moral blemish; stain or reproach caused by dishonorable conduct; reproachful characterization

  3. Stigmaverb

    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

  4. Stigmaverb

    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

  5. Stigmaverb

    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

  6. Stigmaverb

    one of the external openings of the tracheae of insects, myriapods, and other arthropods; a spiracle

  7. Stigmaverb

    one of the apertures of the pulmonary sacs of arachnids. See Illust. of Scorpion

  8. Stigmaverb

    one of the apertures of the gill of an ascidian, and of Amphioxus

  9. Stigmaverb

    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

  10. Stigmaverb

    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

  11. Etymology: [L., a mark, a brand, from Gr. , , the prick or mark of a pointed instrument, a spot, mark, from to prick, to brand. See Stick, v. t.]


  1. Stigma

    Stigma is the second studio album by English rock band EMF, released in 1992. "It's You" was actually called "It's You That Leaves Me Dry" but was re-titled to "It's You" and re-mixed for the single release.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stigma

    stig′ma, n. a brand: a mark of infamy: (bot.) the top of a pistil: any special mark: a place on the skin which bleeds periodically:—pl. Stig′mas or Stig′mata.—n. Stigmā′ria, the root of the fossil plant sigillaria, found in the coal-measures.—n.pl. Stig′mata, the marks of the wounds on Christ's body, or marks resembling them, claimed to have been miraculously impressed on the bodies of certain persons, as Francis of Assisi in 1224.—adjs. Stigmat′ic, -al, marked or branded with a stigma: giving infamy or reproach.—adv. Stigmat′ically.—adj. Stigmatif′erous (bot.), stigma-bearing.—n. Stigmatisā′tion, the operation or effect of producing bleeding spots upon the body, as by hypnotism.—v.t. Stig′matise, to brand with a stigma.—n. Stig′matist, one impressed with the stigmata.—adj. Stig′matose, stigmatic: stigmatised.—n. Stigmatō′sis, a form of inflammation of the skin, occurring in spots.—adj. Stigmatyp′ic, pertaining to the making of impressions by means of scorching-hot plates.—ns. Stig′matypy, a species of printing with points, that consists of their arrangement in pictures; Stig′mē (Gr. paleog.), a dot used as a punctuation mark, esp. at the top of the line, equivalent to a period. [L.,—Gr.,—stizein, to mark.]

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  1. Stigma

    a spiracle or breathing pore: a dense, often discolored portion of the costal margin of a wing, usually at the end of the radius; see anastomosis: in Diptera, a colored wing spot near the tip of the auxiliary vein: in Lepidoptera, the specialized patch of black scales on the primaries of Hesperidae.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stigma in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stigma in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of stigma in a Sentence

  1. Michaela Boehm:

    You are doing it in the privacy of your bedroom or your living room, where you are watching. There’s no stigma attached, and you are not having to expose yourself. You get to inch into the water, so to speak, one little toe at a time.

  2. The Commission:

    The misuse of mobile location and health information -- including reproductive health data -- exposes consumers to significant harm, the exposure of health information and medical conditions, especially data related to sexual activity or reproductive health, may subject people to discrimination, stigma, mental anguish, or other serious harms.

  3. John Sisay:

    I think the government really as a matter of policy needs to take a hard look at how we attract investors, i think the government needs to go out and do some massive PR ... the stigma will last as long as you allow it to last, in my view... We need to go out and tell people that Ebola has finished, but also to reaffirm to people that there are good, strong protocols in place that won't allow us to get back to the epidemic stage again.

  4. Leow Yangfa:

    This reminds us of the insufferable stigma, fear and discrimination that continues to surround people living with HIV in Singapore today, those of us who live without HIV can not begin to imagine the shock, distress, pain and betrayal they must be going through right now.

  5. Gus Deeds:

    I was impressed by their thoughtfulness, because a lot of these young people had seen bullying. They had seen depression. They had seen classmates that had died by suicide, it's part of tearing down the stigma and providing some equality with those that struggle with mental health.

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    (of especially persons) lacking sense or understanding or judgment
    • A. contagious
    • B. elusive
    • C. soft-witted
    • D. unsealed

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