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stolid

[stol-id]
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adjective
  1. not easily stirred or moved mentally; unemotional; impassive.
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Origin of stolid

First recorded in 1590–1600, stolid is from the Latin word stolidus inert, dull, stupid
Related formssto·lid·i·ty [stuh-lid-i-tee] /stəˈlɪd ɪ ti/, stol·id·ness, nounstol·id·ly, adverb
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apathetic, lethargic, phlegmatic.
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Historical Examples

  • The announcement that the wound was not fatal did not seem to move his stolidness in the least.

    Tom Slade

    Percy K. Fitzhugh

  • In spite of his self-control and a belief in his stolidness, a lump swelled in his throat.

  • The woman's excitement had changed into stolidness, and she showed far less feeling in the matter than Kate had done.

  • Under all his stolidness he is every inch a man, as I have said many times before.


British Dictionary definitions for stolidness

stolid

adjective
  1. showing little or no emotion or interest
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Derived Formsstolidity (stɒˈlɪdɪtɪ) or stolidness, nounstolidly, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin stolidus dull; compare Latin stultus stupid; see still 1
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Word Origin and History for stolidness

stolid

1560s (implied in stolidity), from Middle French stolide (16c.), from Latin stolidus "insensible, dull, brutish," properly "unmovable," related to stultus "foolish," from PIE root *stel- "to put, stand" (see stall (n.1)).

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