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

Synonyms for stoical

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

Examples from the Web for stoically

Contemporary Examples of stoically

Historical Examples of stoically

  • Every member was suffering silently, stoically; each in a different way.

    Garrison's Finish

    W. B. M. Ferguson

  • Richmond knew better, but Richmond was stoically calm as to the possibility of a storming.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • Stoically, and beyond the power of words, they lean on one another.


    Christopher Morley

  • How stoically he had endured it all, though it must have borne on him most heavily!

    The Coast of Chance

    Esther Chamberlain

  • The darkness and silence, in which they stoically seek refuge, know the rest.

British Dictionary definitions for stoically


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


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

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