Definition of stigmatic in US English:



  • 1Relating to a stigma or stigmas, in particular constituting or conveying a mark of disgrace.

    ‘the less stigmatic offense of manslaughter’
    • ‘He attributed his current inactivity to the ‘the whole stigmatic factor, and also other people's fear of the disease.’’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘In 1924, the name of the hospital changed from Lunatic Asylum to a less stigmatic Mysore Mental Hospital.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are more likely to seek help for their problems because counseling is becoming more acceptable and less stigmatic.’
    • ‘Founded exactly 25 years ago, this group of ostentatious do-gooders vow ‘to promulgate universal joy and expiate stigmatic guilt’.’
  • 2

    another term for anastigmatic


  • A person bearing stigmata.

    • ‘One of the more recent stigmatics claimed not only to have Christ's wounds but also that religious statues wept in his presence.’
    • ‘Padre Pio was a controversial cult figure and alleged stigmatic.’
    • ‘The twentieth century's two best-known stigmatics - Theresa Neumann and Padre Pio - were suspected of deception.’
    • ‘It seems that the vast majority of stigmatics have been women.’
    • ‘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.’


Late 16th century (in the sense ‘(person) marked with a blemish or deformity’): from Latin stigma, stigmat- + -ic.