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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
Its flanks displaying vinyl wood-grain denote it as a chariot of the stolid middle class, unlike its denuded and more utilitarian siblings.
And finally, there are new ideas in a staid, stolid system.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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
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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