Word of the day

The word for today is…

stigma (noun) – 1. An association of disgrace or public disapproval with something, such as an action or condition.
2. (Medicine) (a) A visible indicator of disease.
(b) A small bodily mark, especially a birthmark or scar, that is congenital or indicative of a condition or disease.
3. (Psychology) A bleeding spot on the skin considered to be a manifestation of conversion reaction.
4. (stigmata Christianity) Bodily marks, sores, or sensations of pain corresponding in location to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus, believed to be given as divine recognition of devotion.
5. (Botany) The apex of the pistil of a flower, on which pollen grains are deposited and germinate.
6. (Biology) A small mark, spot, or pore, such as the respiratory spiracle of an insect or an eyespot in certain protists.
7. (Archaic) A mark burned into the skin as a visible identifier of a person as a criminal or slave; a brand.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1590s (earlier stigme, circa 1400), “mark made on skin by burning with a hot iron,” from Latin stigma (plural stigmata), from Greek stigma (genitive stigmatos) “mark of a pointed instrument, puncture, tattoo-mark, brand,” from root of stizein “to mark, tattoo,” from PIE root *steig- “to stick; pointed” .


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