Definition of stigma noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈstɪɡmə//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstɪɡmə//
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable, usually singular] feelings of disapproval that people have about particular illnesses or ways of behaving the social stigma of alcoholism There is no longer any stigma attached to being divorced.
  2. 2 [countable] (biology) the part in the middle of a flower where pollen is received
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent. (denoting a mark made by pricking or branding): via Latin from Greek stigma ‘a mark made by a pointed instrument, a dot’; related to the noun stick.Extra examples He still suffered the stigma of having been rejected for the army. She had to overcome the stigma attached to mental illness. There is no stigma to being made redundant. There is no stigma to losing your job. There is still a lot of stigma attached to suicide. Wider knowledge of the disease removed some of the stigma from it.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: stigma