- 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.
- (lowercase) stoical.
- a member or adherent of the Stoic school of philosophy.
- (lowercase) a person who maintains or affects the mental attitude advocated by the Stoics.
Origin of Stoic
Related Words for stoicmatter-of-fact, impassive, aloof, indomitable, long-suffering, sober, detached, unflappable, unemotional, apathetic, dry, patient, calm, cool, dispassionate, enduring, imperturbable, indifferent, phlegmatic, resigned
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Contemporary Examples of stoic
From the few photographs of him, we see a stout man with deep Indian features, a thick mustache and stoic face.New Orleans’ Carnivalesque Day of the Dead
November 1, 2014
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
September 5, 2014
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
July 18, 2014
Nor was Robert Redford for his towering, largely dialogue-less turn as a stoic, shipwrecked badass in All is Lost.Why Leonardo DiCaprio, Who Wows in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ Deserves to (Finally) Win An Oscar
February 17, 2014
Matthew Axelson (Ben Foster) is given the most stoic and defiant death and it carries the most power.The Myth of Reality in ‘Lone Survivor’
January 19, 2014
Historical Examples of stoic
The Poecile was a portico; portico in Greek is stoa, hence the name of Stoic.Initiation into Philosophy
Epictetus, one of the ablest of the Stoic philosophers, was a slave.
The last was the highest flight of Stoic philosophy about marriage.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
He is a stoic and a fatalist by nature, but an emotionalist as well.The Great White Tribe in Filipinia
Paul T. Gilbert
I am not a stoic, and I have never attempted to appear in that character.Major Frank
A. L. G. Bosboom-Toussaint
- a person who maintains stoical qualities
- a variant of stoical
- 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
Word Origin for Stoic
late 14c., "philosopher of the school founded by Zeno," from Latin stoicus, from Greek stoikos "pertaining to a member of or the teachings of the school founded by Zeno (c.334-c.262 B.C.E.), characterized by austere ethical doctrines," literally "pertaining to a portico," from stoa "porch," specifically Stoa Poikile "the Painted Porch," the great hall in Athens (decorated with frescoes depicting the Battle of Marathon) where Zeno taught (see stoa). Meaning "person who represses feelings or endures patiently" first recorded 1570s. The adjective is recorded from 1590s in the "repressing feelings" sense, c.1600 in the philosophical sense.