stigma: see pistil.

In Christian mysticism, bodily marks, scars, or pains suffered in places corresponding to those of the crucified Jesus—on the hands and feet, near the heart, and sometimes on the head (from the crown of thorns) or shoulders and back (from carrying the cross and being whipped). They are often presumed to accompany religious ecstasy and are taken as signs of holiness. The first to experience stigmata was St. Francis of Assisi (1224). Of the more than 330 persons identified with stigmata since the 14th century, more than 60 were canonized or beatified by the Roman Catholic church (see canonization).

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Stigma (plural: stigmata) may refer to:

In biology:

In discrimination:

  • Badge of shame, a mark of infamy or disgrace
  • Social stigma, a severe social disapproval of personal characteristics or beliefs that are against cultural norms. A topic in mental health literature, but also includes:
    • Weight stigma, negative attitudes towards overweight/obese individuals

In literature:

In music:

  • Stigma (album), an album recorded by the band EMF in 1992
  • Vinnie Stigma, the long time guitarist of the seminal hardcore bands Agnostic Front and Madball

In sociology:

  • Stigma (Sociological Theory), the phenomenon whereby an individual with an attribute, which is deeply discredited by his/her society, is rejected as a result of the attribute

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