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1stoic

noun sto·ic \ˈstō-ik\

: a person who accepts what happens without complaining or showing emotion

Full Definition of STOIC

1
capitalized :  a member of a school of philosophy founded by Zeno of Citium about 300 b.c. holding that the wise man should be free from passion, unmoved by joy or grief, and submissive to natural law
2
:  one apparently or professedly indifferent to pleasure or pain

Examples of STOIC

  1. That would have been to dishonor him, said Carr, a notorious stoic who was nearly overcome by emotion in his postgame press conference. Instead, he told the Wolverines that the best way to honor Schembechler was to play in a way that would have made him proud. —Austin Murphy, Sports Illustrated, 27 Nov. 2006

Origin of STOIC

Middle English, from Latin stoicus, from Greek stōïkos, literally, of the portico, from Stoa (Poikilē) the Painted Portico, portico at Athens where Zeno taught
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Philosophy Terms

dialectic, dualism, epistemology, existentialism, metaphysics, ontology, sequitur, solipsism, transcendentalism

2stoic

adjective sto·ic \ˈstō-ik\

: showing no emotion especially when something bad is happening

Full Definition of STOIC

1
capitalized :  of, relating to, or resembling the Stoics (see 1stoic) or their doctrines <Stoic logic>
2
:  not affected by or showing passion or feeling; especially :  firmly restraining response to pain or distress <a stoic indifference to cold>
sto·ical·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Variants of STOIC

sto·ic or sto·i·cal \-i-kəl\

Examples of STOIC

  1. He had a stoic expression on his face.
  2. <after waiting six years for permission to immigrate to the U.S., the family is stoic about a six-month postponement>
  3. My stoic Serbian brother-in-law, Aleksandar Vasilic, gave me the ultimate confidence booster of bawling all the way through the manuscript when I gave it to him to read. —Helene Cooper, The House At Sugar Beach, (2008) 2009

Origin of STOIC

(see 1stoic)
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of STOIC

impassive, stoic, phlegmatic, apathetic, stolid mean unresponsive to something that might normally excite interest or emotion. impassive stresses the absence of any external sign of emotion in action or facial expression <met the news with an impassive look>. stoic implies an apparent indifference to pleasure or especially to pain often as a matter of principle or self-discipline <was resolutely stoic even in adversity>. phlegmatic implies a temperament or constitution hard to arouse <a phlegmatic man unmoved by tears>. apathetic may imply a puzzling or deplorable indifference or inertness <charitable appeals met an apathetic response>. stolid implies a habitual absence of interest, responsiveness, or curiosity <stolid workers wedded to routine>.

Other Philosophy Terms

dialectic, dualism, epistemology, existentialism, metaphysics, ontology, sequitur, solipsism, transcendentalism

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