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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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  • So he adopted this position and stoically set out to endure the hurt.

    Burned Bridges Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • "To me it seems very comprehensible," answered Madeleine stoically.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • The captain observed him stoically from over his thick and black beard.

    The Fifth Queen Ford Madox Ford
  • Here she paused, but Phillida sat motionless and stoically attentive.

    The Faith Doctor Edward Eggleston
  • Marcelo seems to have been the most stoically brave of the many Leonese martyrs.

  • As he voiced them they had sounded tragically plausible and stoically just.

    The Mistress of Shenstone Florence L. Barclay
  • Whether it be his pleasure or his pain, he takes it stoically, without any observable alteration in his sombre physiognomy.

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

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
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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