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[stoh-uh-siz-uh m] /ˈstoʊ əˌsɪz əm/
a systematic philosophy, dating from around 300 b.c., that held the principles of logical thought to reflect a cosmic reason instantiated in nature.
(lowercase) conduct conforming to the precepts of the Stoics, as repression of emotion and indifference to pleasure or pain.
Origin of Stoicism
First recorded in 1620-30; Stoic + -ism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Then she found that it was only Stoicism, resignation, that they had learned.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • And that day all his Stoicism went down before Sidney's letter.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • But that was mere feeling; the Stoicism of his thought could not be disturbed by this or any other failure.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • He had schooled himself to a semblance of Stoicism when he reached his office.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • After all, he possessed the Stoicism proper to his desperate trade.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for Stoicism


indifference to pleasure and pain
(capital) the philosophy of the Stoics
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Word Origin and History for Stoicism


1620s, from Modern Latin stoicismus, from Latin stoicus (see stoic).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Stoicism in Culture
Stoicism [(stoh-uh-siz-uhm)]

A philosophy that flourished in ancient Greece and Rome. Stoics believed that people should strictly restrain their emotions in order to attain happiness and wisdom; hence, they refused to demonstrate either joy or sorrow.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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