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[stoh-i-kuh l] /ˈstoʊ ɪ kəl/
impassive; characterized by a calm, austere fortitude befitting the Stoics:
a stoical sufferer.
(initial capital letter) of or relating to the Stoics.
Origin of stoical
Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at Stoic, -al1
Related forms
stoically, adverb
stoicalness, noun
hyperstoical, adjective
nonstoical, adjective
nonstoically, adverb
nonstoicalness, noun
superstoical, adjective
superstoically, adverb
unstoical, adjective
unstoically, adverb
1. imperturbable, cool, indifferent.
1. sympathetic, warm, demonstrative, effusive. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for stoical
Historical Examples
  • One might call Cecily a stoical amorist, an erotic philosopher.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • The Timaeus also contains an anticipation of the stoical life according to nature.

    Timaeus Plato
  • The sea spat at it—and stoical, it streamed with water as though he had been weeping.

  • With this stoical temper come moods of questioning reflection.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • The simple, austere, stoical, heroic man she admired as one above her.

  • Had he the stoical resignation of which he himself had given so many proofs?

    Wood Rangers Mayne Reid
  • The Spaniard shrugged his shoulders with stoical resignation.

    Wood Rangers Mayne Reid
  • He knew what was coming, and awaited Paul's pleasure with stoical resignation.

  • stoical School, 446; its philosophy a moral philosophy, 447.

    Christianity and Greek Philosophy Benjamin Franklin Cocker
  • The Prior met all these horrible comments with a stoical calm.

British Dictionary definitions for stoical


characterized by impassivity or resignation
Derived Forms
stoically, adverb
stoicalness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for stoical

mid-15c., in reference to philosophers, from stoic + -al (2). Related: Stoically. From 1570s as "indifferent to pleasure or pain."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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