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stigma (symbol)

Definition:

a symbol of disgrace or infamy

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Related to:

stigmatize

Derivative:

stigmatic

Plurals:

stigmas | stigmata

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

brand | mark | stain

Etymology:

"mark made on skin by burning with a hot iron", from Latin stigma (plural...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

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Definition references  (+images)

Britannica Encyclopedia:

stigmata [Christian mysticism] | stigma [singular]

in Christian mysticism, bodily marks, scars, or pains corresponding to those of the crucified Jesus Christ--that is, on the hands, on the feet, near ... (25 of 218 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/566237​/stigmata

Wiktionary:

stigma | stigmata [plural] | stigmas [plural] | stigmat [Anglicised long stem, sense-specific] | stigme [Anglicised short stem, obsolete, rare, sense-specific]

A mark of infamy or disgrace. | A scar or birthmark. | [botany] The sticky part of a flower that receives pollen during pollination. | a ligature of the Greek letters sigma and tau, (Ϛ/ϛ). (32 of 33 words, 4 definitions, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/stigma

Collins Dictionary:

stigma | stigme [rare]

a distinguishing mark of social disgrace | a small scar or mark such as a birthmark | [pathology] any mark on the skin, such as one characteristic of ... (26 of 483 words, 9 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/stigma

Wikipedia:

Stigma [disambiguation]

a word that originally means a "sign", "point", or "branding mark". It may refer to: The Mark of Cain | Stigmata, bodily marks or wounds resembling the crucifixion wounds of Jesus | A badge of shame, a physical mark of infamy or disgrace | Social... (42 of 270 words, 19 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Stigma

Columbia Encyclopedia:

pistil | stigma | style

one of the four basic parts of a flower, the central structure around which are arranged the stamens, the petals, and the sepals. The pistil is ... (26 of 267 words, pronunciation)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0839197​.html

Merriam-Webster:

stigma | stigmata [plural] | stigmas [plural] | brand [synonym, sense-specific] | stain [synonym, sense-specific] | petechia [synonym, sense-specific] | blot [synonym, sense-specific] | onus [synonym, sense-specific] | slur [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

[archaic] a scar left by a hot iron; "brand" ; a mark of shame or ... | "stigmata": bodily marks or pains resembling the wounds of the crucified Jesus ... (28 of 233 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/stigma

American Heritage Dictionary:

stigma | stigmata [plural] | stigmas [plural] | stigmal [adjective, related]

A mark or token of infamy, disgrace, or reproach | A small mark; a scar or birthmark. | [medicine] A mark or characteristic indicative of a history of ... (26 of 189 words, 8 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/stigma

Oxford Dictionary:

stigma | stigmas [sense-specific, plural] | stigmata [sense-specific, plural]

a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person | ("stigmata") : (in Christian tradition) marks corresponding to ... (20 of 165 words, 5 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/stigma

New World Dictionary:

stigma | stigmal [adjective, related]

[archaic] a distinguishing mark burned or cut into the flesh, as of a slave or criminal | something that detracts from the character or reputation of ... (25 of 159 words, 8 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/stigma

Random House Dictionary:

stigma | stigmata [plural] | stigmas [plural]

a mark of disgrace or infamy; a stain or reproach, as on one's reputation. | [medicine] ; a mental or physical mark that is characteristic of a defect ... (27 of 150 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/stigma

Macmillan British Dictionary:

stigma | stigmas [plural]

[singular, uncountable] a feeling that something is wrong or embarrassing in some way | [countable, biology] the part of a flower that receives pollen (23 of 62 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/stigma

Cambridge Dictionary:

stigma [entry 1]

when people disapprove of something, especially when this is unfair (10 of 42 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/stigma 1

stigma [entry 2]

the top of the central female part of a flower, where pollen is received (14 of 23 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/stigma 2

Encarta Dictionary:

stigma | stigmas [plural] | stigmata [plural]

the shame or disgrace attached to something regarded as socially unacceptable | the part of a flower's female reproductive organ carpel that receives ... (22 of 120 words, 4 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861715057​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

stigma

First use: 1590s

Origin: "mark made on skin by burning with a hot iron", from Latin stigma (plural stigmata), from Greek stigma (genitive ... (20 of 81 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=stigma

American Heritage Dictionary:

stigma | stigmata [plural] | stigmas [plural]

Origin: Middle English stigme, brand, from Latin stigma, stigmat-, tattoo indicating slave or criminal status, from Greek, ... (16 of 28 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

stigma | stigmas [sense-specific, plural] | stigmata [sense-specific, plural]

First use: late 16th century

Origin: (denoting a mark made by pricking or branding): via Latin from Greek stigma 'a mark made by a pointed instrument, a dot'; related to "stick1"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/stigma

New World Dictionary:

stigma

Origin: Latin from Greek, literally, a prick with a pointed instrument from stizein, to prick

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/stigma

Merriam-Webster:

stigma | stigmata [plural] | stigmas [plural]

First use: about 1593

Origin: Latin stigmat-, stigma mark, brand, from Greek, from stizein to tattoo

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/stigma

Wiktionary:

stigma | stigmata [plural] | stigmas [plural]

Origin: Latin stigma, from Ancient Greek στίγμα (stigma, "brand"), from στίζω (stizō, "I mark")

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/stigma

Collins Dictionary:

stigma

First use: 16th century

Origin: via Latin from Greek: brand, from stizein to tattoo

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/stigma

Encarta Dictionary:

stigma | stigmas [plural] | stigmata [plural]

First use: Late 16th century

Origin: Latin from Greek, "mark on the skin" from stig-, stem of stizein "to prick"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861715057​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

stigma

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "stigma"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

stigma | stigmas [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "stigma"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/stigma

Macmillan American Dictionary:

stigma | stigmas [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "stigma"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/stigma

Cambridge Dictionary:

stigma [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "stigma"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "stigma"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/stigma 1

the Free Dictionary:

stigma

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Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "stigma" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

stigma | stigmata [plural] | stigmas [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "stigma"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

stigma

Audio: North American pronunciation of "stigma"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=stigma​01 word=stigma

YourDictionary Audio:

stigma

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "stigma" by speech synthesizer

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