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stigma

noun [C usually singular, U] (FEELING)    /ˈstɪɡ.mə/
a strong feeling of disapproval that most people in a society have about something, especially when this is unfair: There is no longer any stigma to being divorced. Being an unmarried mother no longer carries the social stigma that it used to.Disapproving and criticizingDamaging reputation
(Definition of stigma noun (FEELING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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