sto·​i·​cism ˈstō-ə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce stoicism (audio)
capitalized : the philosophy of the Stoics
: 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 And through both memories, Wade is either celebrating or staring with stoicism by James’ side. Jimmy Watkins, cleveland, 15 Aug. 2023 Wade is unfazed by the rules of gender performance that have held sway in country music throughout her lifetime: that women should default to the high-femme, with occasional detours into tomboy toughness, while men embody stoicism and strength. Jewly Hight, Los Angeles Times, 23 Aug. 2023 None of them challenge that convention, yet Wilson is alert to the ambivalence in their stoicism. Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, 11 Sep. 2023 Marilyn Lovell, whose husband commanded the troubled Apollo 13 spacecraft and whose outward stoicism and inward agony epitomized the emotional rigors of the space program for astronauts’ wives, died Aug. 27 in Lake Forest, Ill. Michael S. Rosenwald,, 2 Sep. 2023 Her stoicism captures the reverence that Britons have for their cradle-to-grave health system, but also their rueful sense that it is broken. Mark Landler, New York Times, 16 July 2023 Another culprit that fuels isolation in men: masculine norms promoting stoicism and rugged individualism. Myah Taylor, Dallas News, 30 May 2023 The result was a young woman who beneath her stoicism roiled with insecurity and anxiety. Sally Jenkins, Anchorage Daily News, 3 July 2023 Additionally, men are less likely to seek treatment for depression due to gendered expectations that equate masculinity with emotional stoicism, Nadkarni said. Jodie Sadowsky, CNN, 4 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of stoicism was in 1626

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“Stoicism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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