Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A plural of stigma.

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  • n. Plural form of stigma.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. pl. of stigma.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Latin plural of stigma.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. marks resembling the wounds on the crucified body of Christ

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek στίγμα (stigma, "brand"). Nominative plural: στίγματα (stigmata). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As he awaited sentencing on bribe charges, Oliver Thomas seemingly implied that he had stigmata from a similar heroic episode:

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  • God alone is the source of authentic stigmata, which is an external manifestation of the most ardent love and longing for God resulting in the spiritual wound of love in the heart.

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  • For example, some who fixate on the image of the crucifixion are known to reproduce the wounds of Christ so-called stigmata.

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  • BILL HEMMER, CNN ANCHOR: Three hundred thousand gathered in St. Peter's Square over the weekend, there to witness the rise to sainthood of Padre Pio, a friar who bore the stigmata, that is the marks of crucifixion.

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  • Francis the peculiar and signal prerogative of the stigmata, that is to say, previous to imprinting on his body the five wounds of our

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  • These insensitive areas, known as stigmata, played a very important rôle in the epidemic of witchcraft hunting of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, when the witch was so diagnosed if she felt no pain when a needle was thrust into her.

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  • This generous concurrence, which had martyrdom in its view, was the last disposition which the Almighty required previous to giving to Francis the peculiar and signal prerogative of the stigmata, that is to say, previous to imprinting on his body the five wounds of our Saviour Jesus Christ.

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  • The amount of blood lost during the so called stigmata varied, and some observers estimated it at about one and three-quarter pints.

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  • Olmütz, the other to the Dominicans, energetically condemns them for calling the stigmata in question (Potthast, 10308 and 10309).

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  • Or is there some kind of stigmata that tips you off?

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  • The preferred plural form when referring to marks resembling the wounds of Christ; otherwise stigmas is the preferred form.

    In matters of faith, dogmas is the only form used, that is, dogmata is not a real word.

    (Garner)

    April 3, 2008