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Dictionary Definition



1 the apical end of the style where deposited pollen enters the pistil
2 a symbol of disgrace or infamy; "And the Lord set a mark upon Cain"--Genesis [syn: mark, brand, stain]
3 an external tracheal aperture in a terrestrial arthropod
4 a skin lesion that is a diagnostic sign of some disease [also: stigmata (pl)]

User Contributed Dictionary



From stigma < (stigma) "brand" < (stizō) "I mark"


stigma (plural: stigmata or stigmas)
  1. A mark of infamy or disgrace.
  2. A scar or birthmark.
  3. The sticky part of a flower that receives pollen during pollination.


mark of infamy
  • Finnish: stigma
  • Greek: στίγμα
scar or birthmark
part of the pistil
Translation to be checked

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Stigma (plural: stigmata) may refer to:
In biology:
In discrimination:
  • Badge of shame, a mark of infamy or disgrace
  • Social stigma, a severe social disapproval of personal characteristics or beliefs that are against cultural norms, including:
    • Weight stigma, negative attitudes towards overweight/obese individuals
In literature:
In music:
  • Stigma (album), an album recorded by the band EMF in 1992
  • Vinnie Stigma, the long time guitarist of the seminal hardcore bands Agnostic Front and Madball
In sociology:
  • Stigma (Sociological Theory), the phenomenon whereby an individual with an attribute, which is deeply discredited by his/her society, is rejected as a result of the attribute
In other fields:

See also

stigma in Czech: Stigma
stigma in Danish: Stigma
stigma in German: Stigma
stigma in Spanish: Estigma
stigma in French: Stigmate
stigma in Croatian: Stigma
stigma in Italian: Stigma
stigma in Lithuanian: Stigma
stigma in Dutch: Stigma
stigma in Japanese: スティグマ
stigma in Norwegian: Stigma
stigma in Polish: Stigma
stigma in Simple English: Stigma
stigma in Slovak: Stigma
stigma in Slovenian: Stigma

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abscess, androecium, anther, aposteme, aspersion, attaint, badge of infamy, bar sinister, baton, bed sore, bend sinister, besmirchment, birthmark, black eye, black mark, blain, blaze, bleb, blemish, blister, bloodstain, blot, blotch, blur, boil, brand, broad arrow, bubo, bulla, bunion, calyx, canker, canker sore, carbuncle, carpel, caste mark, censure, champain, chancre, chancroid, check, checkmark, chilblain, cicatrix, cold sore, corolla, corolla tube, corona, cut, dab, dapple, daub, demerit, discoloration, disfigurement, disgrace, dishonor, disparagement, dot, earmark, engraving, epicalyx, eschar, eyesore, felon, fester, festering, fever blister, fistula, fleck, flick, flyspeck, freckle, furuncle, furunculus, gash, gathering, graving, gumboil, gynoecium, hack, hemorrhoids, imputation, jot, kibe, lentigo, lesion, macula, maculation, macule, mark, mark of Cain, marking, megasporophyll, microsporophyll, mole, mottle, nevus, nick, notch, odium, onus, papula, papule, paronychia, parulis, patch, perianth, petal, petechia, piles, pillorying, pimple, pistil, pock, point, point champain, polka dot, polyp, prick, puncture, pustule, receptacle, reflection, reprimand, reproach, rising, scab, scar, scarification, score, scotch, scratch, scratching, shame, slur, smear, smirch, smouch, smudge, smut, smutch, soft chancre, sore, spatter, speck, speckle, splash, splatter, splotch, spot, stain, stamen, stigmatism, stigmatization, strawberry mark, sty, style, suppuration, swelling, taint, tarnish, tattoo, tattoo mark, tick, tittle, torus, tubercle, ulcer, ulceration, wale, watermark, welt, wheal, whelk, whitlow, wound
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