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 for stigma
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stigma \Stig"ma\, n.; pl. E. Stigmas, L. Stigmata. [L., a
     mark, a brand, from Gr. ?, ?, the prick or mark of a pointed
     instrument, a spot, mark, from ? to prick, to brand. See
     Stick, v. t.]
     1. A mark made with a burning iron; a brand.
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     2. Any mark of infamy or disgrace; sign of moral blemish;
        stain or reproach caused by dishonorable conduct;
        reproachful characterization.
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              The blackest stigma that can be fastened upon him.
                                                    --Bp. Hall.
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              All such slaughters were from thence called
              Bartelmies, simply in a perpetual stigma of that
              butchery.                             --Sir G. Buck.
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     3. (Bot.) That part of a pistil which has no epidermis, and
        is fitted to receive the pollen. It is usually the
        terminal portion, and is commonly somewhat glutinous or
        viscid. See Illust. of Stamen and of Flower.
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     4. (Anat.) A small spot, mark, scar, or a minute hole; --
        applied especially to a spot on the outer surface of a
        Graafian follicle, and to spots of intercellular substance
        in scaly epithelium, or to minute holes in such spots.
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     5. (Pathol.) A red speck upon the skin, produced either by
        the extravasation of blood, as in the bloody sweat
        characteristic of certain varieties of religious ecstasy,
        or by capillary congestion, as in the case of drunkards.
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     6. (Zool.)
        (a) One of the external openings of the tracheae of
            insects, myriapods, and other arthropods; a spiracle.
        (b) One of the apertures of the pulmonary sacs of
            arachnids. See Illust. of Scorpion.
        (c) One of the apertures of the gill of an ascidian, and
            of Amphioxus.
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     7. (Geom.) A point so connected by any law whatever with
        another point, called an index, that as the index moves in
        any manner in a plane the first point or stigma moves in a
        determinate way in the same plane.
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     8. pl. (R. C. Ch.) Marks believed to have been supernaturally
        impressed upon the bodies of certain persons in imitation
        of the wounds on the crucified body of Christ. See def. 5,
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the apical end of the style where deposited pollen enters
           the pistil
      2: a symbol of disgrace or infamy; "And the Lord set a mark upon
         Cain"--Genesis [syn: mark, stigma, brand, stain]
      3: an external tracheal aperture in a terrestrial arthropod
      4: a skin lesion that is a diagnostic sign of some disease

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  177 Moby Thesaurus words for "stigma":
     abscess, androecium, anther, aposteme, aspersion, attaint,
     badge of infamy, bar sinister, baton, bed sore, bend sinister,
     besmirchment, birthmark, black eye, black mark, blain, blaze, bleb,
     blemish, blister, bloodstain, blot, blotch, blur, boil, brand,
     broad arrow, bubo, bulla, bunion, calyx, canker, canker sore,
     carbuncle, carpel, caste mark, censure, champain, chancre,
     chancroid, check, checkmark, chilblain, cicatrix, cold sore,
     corolla, corolla tube, corona, cut, dab, dapple, daub, demerit,
     discoloration, disfigurement, disgrace, dishonor, disparagement,
     dot, earmark, engraving, epicalyx, eschar, eyesore, felon, fester,
     festering, fever blister, fistula, fleck, flick, flyspeck, freckle,
     furuncle, furunculus, gash, gathering, graving, gumboil, gynoecium,
     hack, hemorrhoids, imputation, jot, kibe, lentigo, lesion, macula,
     maculation, macule, mark, mark of Cain, marking, megasporophyll,
     microsporophyll, mole, mottle, nevus, nick, notch, odium, onus,
     papula, papule, paronychia, parulis, patch, perianth, petal,
     petechia, piles, pillorying, pimple, pistil, pock, point,
     point champain, polka dot, polyp, prick, puncture, pustule,
     receptacle, reflection, reprimand, reproach, rising, scab, scar,
     scarification, score, scotch, scratch, scratching, shame, slur,
     smear, smirch, smouch, smudge, smut, smutch, soft chancre, sore,
     spatter, speck, speckle, splash, splatter, splotch, spot, stain,
     stamen, stigmatism, stigmatization, strawberry mark, sty, style,
     suppuration, swelling, taint, tarnish, tattoo, tattoo mark, tick,
     tittle, torus, tubercle, ulcer, ulceration, wale, watermark, welt,
     wheal, whelk, whitlow, wound

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