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 Stig’mata.Stigmites, or St. Stephen’s Stones, 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Stigmatise.
 
To puncture, to brand (Greek, stigma, a puncture). Slaves used to be branded, sometimes for the sake of recognising them, and sometimes by way of punishment. The branding was effected by applying a red-hot iron marked with certain letters to their forehead, and then rubbing some colouring matter into the wound. A slave that had been branded was by the Romans called a stigmat’ic, and the brand was called the stigma.   1
 


 Stig’mata.Stigmites, or St. Stephen’s Stones, 

 
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