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Examples of stolid in a Sentence
She remained stolid during the trial.
the butler responded to the duchess's constant demands with stolid indifference
Recent Examples of stolid from the Web
But look a little closer, and Rivera’s stolid and statuesque rural peasants, industrial workers and revolutionary fighters don’t really have much character.
Beneath their calm, stolid exteriors may lurk something dark, brooding, even sinister.
While many Republicans, like Mr. Ryan, continued to affirm their support for Mr. Trump, others appeared ready to abandon him, throwing the once stolid party further into disarray.
The invisible remod stands as a fond reminder of the stolid continuity of the museum: an institution that often embraces its past even in moments of change.
Vodka’s line, by comparison, was stolid and straight, featureless as snow.
Stolid farmers’ wives no longer gibbered and convulsed; New England skies were no longer vexed nightly by the aerial traffic of witches and demons.
There is a charge running through the place that is at odds with the stolid, unchanging poverty along the street outside.
There are several additional layers for load balancing, push notifications, queues and other tasks, but overwhelmingly Instagram’s stack consists of stolid, proven tools.
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Did You Know?
Stolid derives from stolidus, a word that means "dull" or "stupid" in Latin. It is also distantly related to the word stultify, meaning "to cause to appear or be stupid, foolish, or absurdly illogical." The earliest examples of usage for stolid, dating back to the early 17th century, indicate that it too was originally associated with a lack of smarts; it was used to describe people who were considered dull or stupid because they didn't wear their emotions on their sleeves. By the 1800s, however, stolid was frequently appearing without the connotation of foolishness, and it continues to be free of such overtones today.
Origin and Etymology of stolid
Latin stolidus dull, stupid
First Known Use: circa 1600See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of stolid
STOLID Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of stolid for English Language Learners
: showing little or no emotion : not easily excited or upset
STOLID Defined for Kids
Definition of stolid for Students
: having or showing little or no feeling a stolid person
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