|Origin:||'mark, mark burned on the skin', from Greek, from stizein 'to tattoo'|
1 [countable usually singular, uncountable]
a strong feeling in society that being in a particular situation or having a particular illness is something to be ashamed of
the stigma of alcoholism/mental illness etc
The stigma of alcoholism makes it difficult to treat.
There is a social stigma attached to single parenthood.
In the US, smoking carries a stigma.
2 [countable] technicalHBP
the top of the centre part of a flower that receives the pollen which allows it to form new seeds