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stigmata (stɪɡˈmɑːtə) 

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plural noun

  1. (Christianity) marks resembling the wounds of the crucified Christ, believed to appear on the bodies of certain individuals   ⇒ He identified the marks as stigmata and took her experience seriously.

stigma (ˈstɪɡmə Pronunciation for stigma

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noun

Word forms:   plural stigmas,  for sense 7 stigmata  (ˈstɪɡmətə Pronunciation for ; stɪɡˈmɑːtə Pronunciation for
  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'

"Brand noted none of the usual stigmata of mental uncontrol.
Asimov, Isaac The Complete Stories Volume 2
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
From 1918 to his death, the Franciscan friar bore the stigmata.
Misc (1998)
How do the stigmata fit into the modern scientific medical view of the world?
Harrison, Ted Stigmata - A Medieval Mystery for a Modern Age
Inspirational suffering is usually associated with religious imagery: the stigmata of a saint, a bleeding Jesus on the cross.
Globe and Mail (2003)
The patients failed to disclose any risk factor for acquiring HIV infection and none had clinical stigmata of immunosuppression.
British Medical Journal (2002)

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