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Definitions of stigmata

stigmata (stɪɡˈmɑːtə) 

Definitions

plural noun

  1. (Christianity) marks resembling the wounds of the crucified Christ, believed to appear on the bodies of certain individuals   ⇒  ■ The devotions to the Eucharist by women of the time resulted in a number of appearances of the stigmata.,   ⇒  ■ He identified the marks as stigmata and took her experience seriously.

stigma or or (rare) stigme (ˈstɪɡmə )

Definitions

noun

Word forms:   plural stigmas or ,  for sense 7 stigmata  (ˈstɪɡmətə ; stɪɡˈmɑːtə
  1. a distinguishing mark of social disgrace   ⇒  ■ the stigma of having been in prison
  2. a small scar or mark such as a birthmark
  3. (pathology)
    1. any mark on the skin, such as one characteristic of a specific disease
    2. any sign of a mental deficiency or emotional upset
  4. (botany) the receptive surface of a carpel, where deposited pollen germinates
  5. (zoology)
    1. a pigmented eyespot in some protozoans and other invertebrates
    2. the spiracle of an insect
  6. (archaic) a mark branded on the skin
  7. (plural) (Christianity) marks resembling the wounds of the crucified Christ, believed to appear on the bodies of certain individuals

Word Origin

C16: via Latin from Greek: brand, from stizein to tattoo

Example Sentences Including 'stigmata'

But the bloodied bandages on the television newscasts had been a propaganda coup whose impact rivalled the stigmata of a saint.
Ballard, J. G. Rushing to Paradise
"Brand noted none of the usual stigmata of mental uncontrol.
Asimov, Isaac The Complete Stories Volume 2

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