[ stoh-uh-siz-uh m ]
/ ˈstoʊ əˌsɪz əm /


a systematic philosophy, dating from around 300 b.c., that held the principles of logical thought to reflect a cosmic reason instantiated in nature.
(lowercase) conduct conforming to the precepts of the Stoics, as repression of emotion and indifference to pleasure or pain.

Origin of Stoicism

First recorded in 1620–30; Stoic + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for stoicism

/ (ˈstəʊɪˌsɪzəm) /


indifference to pleasure and pain
(capital) the philosophy of the Stoics
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Cultural definitions for stoicism

[ (stoh-uh-siz-uhm) ]

A philosophy that flourished in ancient Greece and Rome. Stoics believed that people should strictly restrain their emotions in order to attain happiness and wisdom; hence, they refused to demonstrate either joy or sorrow.

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