(from Gk. stigma, prick, or puncture of a pointed instrument). Formation (some hold supernatural) of wounds resembling those received by Jesus from the crown of thorns, nails, and spear. Francis* of Assisi is alleged to have been so marked 1224. Since then the number of persons with stigmata increased considerably, but there is no reliable list of stigmatized persons. See also Emmerich, Anna Katharine.
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