sto·​i·​cism | \ˈstō-ə-ˌsi-zəm \

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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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 Most of the students accepted this realization with stoicism and remarkable calm. Joshua Partlow,, "Inside the church where Nicaraguan paramilitaries laid siege on university students," 14 July 2018 Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, of Brazil, is the sort of human being that English and American soccer pundits, schooled in the cult of manly stoicism and prone to self-righteous sermons about fair play, were born to disdain. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The Annoying Genius Who Makes the World Cup Worth Watching," 5 July 2018 Professional cooks belong to a secret society whose ancient rituals derive from the principles of stoicism in the face of humiliation, injury, fatigue, and the threat of illness. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Anthony Bourdain Dies at 61," 8 June 2018 The clandestine journey brings them through lawless terrain devastated by Sherman’s Army and returning Confederate soldiers, yet Varina remains a beacon of stoicism and civility amid the chaos. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction Chronicle: First Lady of the Confederacy," 25 May 2018 Then there's Brady Jandreau himself, who -- with his quiet sense of deeply sensitive stoicism -- carries a sort of James Dean brand of cool. Mike Scott,, "'The Rider' movie review: Tiny drama offers what most blockbusters can't," 23 May 2018 Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill seems to exude a stoicism that comes from devoting 35 years to the NHL (9 as a player, roughly 26 as a scout and executive). Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "Will Stars use late-season collapse as motivation or try to forget it ever happened? | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 7 May 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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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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