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.
- ‘So I know I'm not alone in this stigmatic attitude towards people who form internet relationships that then spill over into ‘real life’.’
- ‘They are more likely to seek help for their problems because counseling is becoming more acceptable and less stigmatic.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’’
- ‘Founded exactly 25 years ago, this group of ostentatious do-gooders vow ‘to promulgate universal joy and expiate stigmatic guilt’.’
2another 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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Padre Pio was a controversial cult figure and alleged stigmatic.’
Late 16th century (in the sense ‘(person) marked with a blemish or deformity’): from Latin stigma, stigmat- + -ic.
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