of or relating to the school of philosophy founded by Zeno, who taught that people should be free from passion, unmoved by joy or grief, and submit without complaint to unavoidable necessity.
sto·ic. Often sto·i·cal [stoh-i-kuhl] /ˈstoʊ ɪ kəl/ . characterized by a calm, austere fortitude befitting the Stoics, especially in the face of trouble or loss; not giving in to one’s emotions: I'm normally pretty stoic about goodbyes.At first, the artist’s father remained stoic about her success, barely reacting when she won the award.
a member or adherent of the Stoic school of philosophy.
sto·ic, a person who maintains or affects the mental attitude advocated by the Stoics: She's such a stoic—she's suffering, but she never says a word about it.
- non-Sto·ic, adjective, noun
- un·sto·ic, adjective
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How to use Stoic in a sentence
From the few photographs of him, we see a stout man with deep Indian features, a thick mustache and Stoic face.
Unlike many of those Stoic audiences, Meerson has traveled extensively.
I kneel with the journalist in the sand, my face Stoic and yet terrified, crying, knowing that I can do nothing but wait.Thank Goodness We’ve Got A Plan! Let the War Begin! | Michael Carson | September 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A Stoic figure in a white floor length dress and razor-tailored bodice was accessorized with a giant bull skull as a mask.Gareth Pugh's Fashion Show Lacked Fashion, But Not Passion | Justin Jones | September 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
By comparison, being stereotyped as intellectual, Stoic, and boring might seem like a nice problem to have.Model Minority Rage: Why the Hulk Should Be an Asian Guy | Arthur Chu | July 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The philosophical sect to which he belonged was the Stoic, as plainly appears from many passages in his Geography.
Poseidonius the Stoic was a native of this place, a man of the most extensive learning among the philosophers of our times.
The whole phrase would thus be equivalent to ‘solemn doctors of the Stoic sect.’Milton's Comus | John Milton
Gozzi piqued himself on being what I may call a Stoic-Democritean philosopher.The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi; Volume the first | Count Carlo Gozzi
However, it is due to him to say that he bore his surprises and pains with the uncomplaining resignation of a Stoic.The Norsemen in the West | R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for stoic (1 of 2)
a person who maintains stoical qualities
a variant of stoical
British Dictionary definitions for Stoic (2 of 2)
a member of the ancient Greek school of philosophy founded by Zeno of Citium, holding that virtue and happiness can be attained only by submission to destiny and the natural law
of or relating to the doctrines of the Stoics
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