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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
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  • Every member was suffering silently, stoically; each in a different way.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • Richmond knew better, but Richmond was stoically calm as to the possibility of a storming.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • stoically, and beyond the power of words, they lean on one another.


    Christopher Morley
  • How stoically he had endured it all, though it must have borne on him most heavily!

    The Coast of Chance Esther Chamberlain
  • The darkness and silence, in which they stoically seek refuge, know the rest.

    Napoleon the Little Victor Hugo
  • "To me it seems very comprehensible," answered Madeleine stoically.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • Here she paused, but Phillida sat motionless and stoically attentive.

    The Faith Doctor Edward Eggleston
  • As he voiced them they had sounded tragically plausible and stoically just.

    The Mistress of Shenstone Florence L. Barclay
British Dictionary definitions for stoically


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 stoically


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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