One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Relating to a stigma or stigmas, in particular constituting or conveying a mark of disgrace.
- ‘Founded exactly 25 years ago, this group of ostentatious do-gooders vow ‘to promulgate universal joy and expiate stigmatic guilt’.’
- ‘If there is no workable defence of insanity, it is surely wrong to convict a grossly disordered killer of murder when the less stigmatic offence of manslaughter is at hand.’
- ‘Somatic symptoms in those cases are accepted ways of expressing distress and getting help in a less stigmatic way than usual psychiatric care.’
- ‘So I know I'm not alone in this stigmatic attitude towards people who form internet relationships that then spill over into ‘real life’.’
- ‘According to science, there is no perfect profile that sticks to this stigmatic paraphilia - the job descriptions, sexual orientations, age and race of these people are random.’
- ‘In 1924, the name of the hospital changed from Lunatic Asylum to a less stigmatic Mysore Mental Hospital.’
- ‘He attributed his current inactivity to the ‘the whole stigmatic factor, and also other people's fear of the disease.’’
- ‘They are more likely to seek help for their problems because counseling is becoming more acceptable and less stigmatic.’
2another term for anastigmatic
A person bearing stigmata.
- ‘The eponymous stigmatic of Hansen's book may ultimately be opaque, too, but she is rendered in three dimensions, with sexual, psychic, and spiritual longings ambiguous but palpable.’
- ‘The twentieth century's two best-known stigmatics - Theresa Neumann and Padre Pio - were suspected of deception.’
- ‘Padre Pio was a controversial cult figure and alleged stigmatic.’
- ‘It seems that the vast majority of stigmatics have been women.’
- ‘One of the more recent stigmatics claimed not only to have Christ's wounds but also that religious statues wept in his presence.’
Late 16th century (in the sense ‘(person) marked with a blemish or deformity’): from Latin stigma, stigmat- + -ic.
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