Stoicism

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

noun

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.

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Origin of Stoicism

First recorded in 1620–30; Stoic + -ism
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British Dictionary definitions for stoicism

stoicism
/ (ˈstəʊɪˌsɪzəm) /

noun

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

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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