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stigma

stig·ma

stigma

 
 
pronunciation:
stIg m
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Word Combinations (noun)
part of speech: noun
inflections: stigmas, stigmata
definition 1: a long-lasting mark or stain on one's character or reputation, esp. of disgrace or reproach.
He was never able to overcome the stigma of having been impeached.There was a great stigma attached to divorce in those days.
synonyms:
black eye, blemish, blot, stain
similar words:
brand
definition 2: a mark or pore on the surface of the skin or of a plant.
definition 3: a spot on the skin that bleeds as the result of nervous tension or emotional trauma.
definition 4: part of a plant that receives pollen; pistil.
synonyms:
pistil
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derivation: stigmal (adj.)