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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
Within the span of six months, Prime Minister Theresa May has gone from stolid, unremarkable prime minister to a pariah within her own party.
Though both have been working on pop's front lines, this project didn't come completely out of nowhere: the two have longstanding connections to stolid, rootsier forms of music.
Cox, a top R&B artist in her own right, has serious pipes and a good feel for the proud-but-vulnerable Rachel, as well as convincing chemistry with the wry, stolid Mills as Frank.
And finally, there are new ideas in a staid, stolid system.
The house used to belong to Rose Impoliteri, a bucket of bright Italian paint on New York’s stolid white canvas, and a riot of premonitory associations: Rose the Impolite, Rose the Loitering, Rose the Impish.
Its flanks displaying vinyl wood-grain denote it as a chariot of the stolid middle class, unlike its denuded and more utilitarian siblings.
A determined but stolid activist, Fawcett played a crucial role in the suffrage movement.
But look a little closer, and Rivera’s stolid and statuesque rural peasants, industrial workers and revolutionary fighters don’t really have much character.
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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
Synonymscatatonic, deadpan, empty, expressionless, impassive, inexpressive, numb, blank, vacant
Related Wordsdull, vacuous, vague, vapid; enigmatic (also enigmatical), impenetrable, inscrutable, mysterious; motionless, static, still, wooden; reserved, restrained, reticent, taciturn; aloof, apathetic, cold, cool, detached, indifferent, phlegmatic, unresponsive
Near Antonymsengaged, interested, responsive; active, alive, animated, bright, busy, dynamic, effervescent, energetic, expansive, exuberant, lively, vivacious; eloquent, revealing, revelatory; gestic, gesticulant, gesticulative, gesticulatory, gestural; emotional, melodramatic, theatrical (also theatric), unreserved, unrestrained
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
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