Definition of stigmatic in English:


Pronunciation /stiɡˈmadik/ /stɪɡˈmædɪk/


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

    ‘the less stigmatic offense of manslaughter’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Founded exactly 25 years ago, this group of ostentatious do-gooders vow ‘to promulgate universal joy and expiate stigmatic guilt’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Somatic symptoms in those cases are accepted ways of expressing distress and getting help in a less stigmatic way than usual psychiatric care.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2

    another term for anastigmatic


  • A person bearing stigmata.

    ‘stigmatics apparently bearing the wounds of Christ's Crucifixion’
    • ‘The twentieth century's two best-known stigmatics - Theresa Neumann and Padre Pio - were suspected of deception.’
    • ‘One of the more recent stigmatics claimed not only to have Christ's wounds but also that religious statues wept in his presence.’
    • ‘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.