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 Although they are separated in age by 56 years — the Queen and Kate share key qualifications for their royal roles: quiet stoicism, unerring discretion and firm loyalty. Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 4 Aug. 2022 To many, her stoicism embodies the British instinct to get on with it, and her sensible manner reflects the sang-froid that many Britons admire. Mark Landler,, 2 June 2022 The childhood recollections give readers glimpses into Hill’s life that help place into context her stoicism during her difficult winter in the village. David James, Anchorage Daily News, 20 June 2022 But Udoka, a picture of stoicism to us but clearly someone who must reveal more behind the scenes given how players respect him but also feel comfortable needling him, never wavered in his message. Globe Staff,, 14 Apr. 2022 Today, in the fearsome world of a relentless pandemic, climate disaster and the undermining of democracy around the world, the humor and stoicism of Pym’s people are a welcome antidote. Sara Paretsky, Washington Post, 14 June 2022 Big Boss’s behavior is the ultimate culture shock for a sport—and a country—that favors stoicism over ostentatious displays of individuality. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 20 May 2022 But, Arrow's Nathan Mitchell plays him with a wordless stoicism that is cool and bone-chilling. Keith Nelson, Men's Health, 3 June 2022 But when his Mum (Bridgette Amofah) becomes seriously ill, his stoicism thins. Celia Wren, Washington Post, 30 May 2022 See More

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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 Aug. 2022.

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