sto·​i·​cism | \ ˈstō-ə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce stoicism (audio) \

Definition of stoicism

1 capitalized : the philosophy of the Stoics
2 : indifference to pleasure or pain : impassiveness

Examples of stoicism in a Sentence

She endured his criticism with her usual stoicism.

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But even the original tropes themselves — of paternal strength and rugged stoicism — are products of male fragility. Jonny Diamond, Longreads, "Lumbersexuality, a Sport and a Pastime," 8 June 2019 Ken Peppercorn, now 97, told The Observer newspaper in London, reflecting the stoicism of his generation in his account of wading ashore under fire and scrambling to find a smidgen of cover in a crater hewed from the dunes by shellfire. Alan Cowell, New York Times, "D-Day in Photos: Heroes of a More Certain Time," 6 June 2019 There was no rescue mission, no jut-jawed stoicism, no swooping vigilante. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Goodbye X-Men—You Flawed, Frustrating Cinematic Revolution," 7 June 2019 Melania Trump has been a figure of sympathy, at least in this space, lauded for her grace, elegance and stoicism. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "Melania’s Misstep and Michelle’s Mystery," 15 Nov. 2018 Clinton and Patterson’s fictional commander in chief brims with humanity, character and stoicism. Nicolle Wallace, New York Times, "Bill Clinton and James Patterson Have Written a Thriller. It’s Good.," 5 June 2018 But for all its technical wonder, First Man’s focus on Armstrong’s relentless stoicism ends up feeling more like a hindrance than a revelation. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "First Man is one of the most intense space movies of all time," 12 Sep. 2018 Some Justice employees, however, see Mr. Sessions’s stoicism as capitulation. Elizabeth Williamson, New York Times, "Jeff Sessions Is Serving, and Doing His Best to Ignore, Trump," 24 Apr. 2018 If Venus is working closely with Saturn, however, Venus's hedonistic sensibilities may be tempered by Saturn's signature stoicism. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What the Position of Venus in Your Birth Chart Means for You," 31 July 2018

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First Known Use of stoicism

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of stoicism

: the quality or behavior of a person who accepts what happens without complaining or showing emotion

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