Word of the Day: stigmata
origin: from the Greek "stigma", meaning "tattoo mark",
from the Greek "stizein", meaning "to prick"
1. Marks or sores corresponding to and resembling any of the the five
crucifixion wounds of Jesus, said to appear spontaneously. *
" Scully: Well then how do you explain the cuts on her own chest?
Mulder: I can't explain everything. Maybe she carved them on
herself or maybe it's some kind of weird stigmata.
Whatever it is, BJ's not herself. "
--The X Files, Season 2, episode 36: "Aubrey"
(written by Sara B. Charno)
2. An identifying mark or characteristic; often: a specific
diagnostic sign of a disease.
"Some judged her to be cold and hard; but such a thought was
treason. That delicately bronzed skin, almost oriental in its
coloring, that raven hair, the large liquid eyes, the full but
exquisite lips, -- all the stigmata of passion were there."
--Arthur Conan Doyle, " The Lost World"
3. (rare) plural of "stigma": a mark or token of infamy or disgrace.
"Party affiliation has never been more casual ... the stigmata of
decay are everywhere."
--Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
An article on modern day stigmatics may be found at:
A more Catholic perspective on stigmata is at:
Publish Date: 01/20/2011