[stoh-uh-siz-uh m]


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

Synonyms for Stoicism

2. See patience. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of stoicism

Historical Examples of stoicism

  • And that day all his stoicism went down before Sidney's letter.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Then she found that it was only stoicism, resignation, that they had learned.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • But that was mere feeling; the stoicism of his thought could not be disturbed by this or any other failure.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • He had schooled himself to a semblance of stoicism when he reached his office.

  • After all, he possessed the stoicism proper to his desperate trade.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for stoicism



indifference to pleasure and pain
(capital) the philosophy of the Stoics
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Word Origin and History for stoicism

1620s, from Modern Latin stoicismus, from Latin stoicus (see stoic).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

stoicism in Culture



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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