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  1. impassive; characterized by a calm, austere fortitude befitting the Stoics: a stoical sufferer.
  2. (initial capital letter) of or relating to the Stoics.

Origin of stoical

Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at Stoic, -al1
Related formssto·i·cal·ly, adverbsto·i·cal·ness, nounhy·per·sto·i·cal, adjectivenon·sto·i·cal, adjectivenon·sto·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·sto·i·cal·ness, nounsu·per·sto·i·cal, adjectivesu·per·sto·i·cal·ly, adverbun·sto·i·cal, adjectiveun·sto·i·cal·ly, adverb

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Antonyms for stoical Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of stoical

  • One might call Cecily a stoical amorist, an erotic philosopher.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • The Timaeus also contains an anticipation of the stoical life according to nature.



  • The sea spat at it—and stoical, it streamed with water as though he had been weeping.

  • With this stoical temper come moods of questioning reflection.

    Oswald Langdon

    Carson Jay Lee

  • The simple, austere, stoical, heroic man she admired as one above her.

British Dictionary definitions for stoical


  1. characterized by impassivity or resignation
Derived Formsstoically, adverbstoicalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for stoical

mid-15c., in reference to philosophers, from stoic + -al (2). Related: Stoically. From 1570s as "indifferent to pleasure or pain."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper