Now, we talk about reducing the stigma of this disease—yet we've treated a visitor living with it as a threat.
And shaming is a cycle: because women are ashamed to come forward, the stigma persists, shaming more women, etc.
Marijuana may be legal in Colorado, but it still holds a stigma for many.
The barrier of stigma wedged between a person and others they deem “dirty” or “derelict” will not keep AIDS at bay.
Most of them still will not do it because there's a stigma attached to it.
The world-weary wife knew not but that she had another husband still living, and a stigma, indelible, rested upon Franklin.
The stigma, if pollen suffice, should be covered with pollen.
Yet she rebelled against the feeling that she had brought a taint or stigma upon herself.
She felt it was only just to relieve Tess of the stigma she had placed upon her.
It would be culpable to allow such a girl to enter on the world with such a stigma as being expelled from school would mean.
1590s, "mark made on skin by burning with a hot iron," from Latin stigma (plural stigmata), from Greek stigma (genitive stigmatos) "mark, puncture," especially one made by a pointed instrument, from root of stizein "to mark, tattoo," from PIE *st(e)ig- (see stick (v.)). Figurative meaning "a mark of disgrace" is from 1610s. Stigmas "marks resembling the wounds on the body of Christ, appearing supernaturally on the bodies of the devout" is from 1630s; earlier stigmate (late 14c.), from Latin stigmata.
stigma stig·ma (stĭg'mə)
n. pl. stig·mas or stig·ma·ta (stĭg-mä'tə, -māt'ə, stĭg'mə-)
Visible evidence of a disease.
A spot or blemish on the skin.
A bleeding spot on the skin considered as a manifestation of conversion disorder.
The orange pigmented eyespot of certain chlorophyll-bearing protozoa, such as Euglena viridis. It serves as a light filter by absorbing certain wavelengths.
A mark of shame or discredit.
The sticky tip of a flower pistil, on which pollen is deposited at the beginning of pollination. See more at flower.