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  • stigma noun (DISAPPROVAL)

 us   /ˈstɪɡ·mə/ [C/U] a ​stronglack of ​respect for a ​person or a ​group of ​people or a ​badopinion of them because they have done something ​society does not ​approve of: [C usually sing] There’s a stigma ​associated with low-income ​foodprograms.
  • stigma noun (FLOWER)

biology /ˈstɪɡ·mə/ the ​part of the ​pistil (= ​femalepart) of a ​flower that ​receives the ​pollen (= ​powderproduced by the ​malepart)
(Definition of stigma from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"stigma" in British English

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stigmanoun

uk   us   /ˈstɪɡ.mə/
  • stigma noun (FEELING)

[C usually singular, U] a ​strongfeeling 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 ​unmarriedmother no ​longer carries the social stigma that it used to.
  • stigma noun (FLOWER PART)

[C] the ​top of the ​centralfemalepart of a ​flower, where ​pollen is ​received
(Definition of stigma from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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