The Closing Word: Stigma

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This week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (STIG-mah)

1. a symbol of disgrace or infamy
2. a skin lesion that is a diagnostic sign of some disease
3. the apical end of the style where deposited pollen enters the pistil
4. an external tracheal aperture in a terrestrial arthropod

From “Stigma, from the Greek word of the same spelling meaning “mark, puncture,” came into English through Latin to mean a mark burned into the skin to signify disgrace.”

“We price your home right the first time so it does not suffer from the stigma of languishing on the market.”

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