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Stoic

[ stoh-ik ]
/ ˈstoʊ ɪk /
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adjective

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.

noun

a member or adherent of the Stoic school of philosophy.
(lowercase) a person who maintains or affects the mental attitude advocated by the Stoics.

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Origin of Stoic

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin Stōicus<Greek Stōikós, equivalent to stō- (variant stem of stoástoa) + -ikos-ic

OTHER WORDS FROM Stoic

non-Stoic, adjective, nounun·sto·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for Stoic (1 of 2)

stoic
/ (ˈstəʊɪk) /

noun

a person who maintains stoical qualities

adjective

a variant of stoical

British Dictionary definitions for Stoic (2 of 2)

Stoic
/ (ˈstəʊɪk) /

noun

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

adjective

of or relating to the doctrines of the Stoics

Word Origin for Stoic

C16: via Latin from Greek stōikos, from stoa the porch in Athens where Zeno taught
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