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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
Perhaps more surprisingly, a country once considered stolid and conservative has developed a reputation for cool.
Not space, and not stolid form, as is often the case in Western art.
Volkswagen will unveil the 2018 Passat GT, a sporty new model of its stolid midsize sedan Jan. 15 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
In a West Wing run by a novice clown, the stolid hack is king.
There’s something a bit stolid in the performance of the Fourth, which doesn’t quite share the same sense of giddy excitement, but there too Dausgaard inspires the orchestra to impressive levels of dramatic fervor.
Many have missed Lennu’s enlivening presence during a stolid, largely uneventful campaign.
This happens again when Quavo shows up to rap a stolid verse.
In his book Archive Fever, French philosopher Jacques Derrida observed that archives promise a kind of stolid persistence, saying everything and changing nothing.
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Sharpen Up With the History of stolid
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
First Known Use: circa 1600See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of stolid
- met the news with an impassive look
- was resolutely stoic even in adversity
- a phlegmatic man unmoved by tears
- charitable appeals met an apathetic response
- stolid workers wedded to routine
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
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