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.
Recent Examples on the Web Maybe this is what disposed me to feel that the Western as a film genre was trite and foolish, dangerously sentimental about horizons and stoicism and men shooting each other for no good reason. Jordan Kisner, The Atlantic, "The Women Reinventing the Western," 19 Apr. 2021 The cult of experience and stoicism ultimately offer little solace (as Hemingway learned himself) when advancing age dulls the senses and sharpens the reality of inevitable (and probably unadventurous) death. D.j. Tice, Star Tribune, "'Hemingway' faces hard facts," 5 Apr. 2021 That is the authentic note of stoicism, embattled but unlamenting. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Prince Philip’s Death and the Last Embers of British Stoicism," 9 Apr. 2021 In a sport like baseball, one that is trying to veer away from stoicism, and instead, seep into the personalities of its players, Green understood that the audacity would serve a purpose., "Red Sox unveil yellow jerseys as part of ‘City Connect’ venture with Nike," 6 Apr. 2021 The theme that emerges after two sprawling, ticklishly funny hours of his new show is not just the challenge of talking about mental health but also the perils of stoicism. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, "Can You Love a Stand-Up Special About Loathing?," 22 Mar. 2021 Talking about mental health issues, or seeking help, is still difficult in a society that emphasizes stoicism. New York Times, "As Pandemic Took Hold, Suicide Rose Among Japanese Women," 22 Feb. 2021 Unsurprisingly, the stoicism of nomination morning became a target of tinkering before too long. Joe Reid, Vulture, "In Memoriam: The Classic Oscar Nomination Morning," 11 Mar. 2021 We were honored to host the Tippit family for an emotional private tour of the museum many years ago and were touched by Mrs. Tippit’s kindness and poignant stoicism. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "Marie Tippit, widow of Dallas police officer gunned down by Lee Harvey Oswald, dies at 92," 2 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of stoicism

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Stoicism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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