Definition of stoic in English:

stoic

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Pronunciation: /ˈstəʊɪk
 
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noun

1A person who can endure pain or hardship without showing their feelings or complaining.
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  • The modest, by contrast, realise that, in the sum of history and geography, they're but a tiny, passing crater, and the stoics know that human pain has to be suffered and can't just be railed against.
  • We see livestock dotting the hillsides as we climb and I wonder what sort of doughty stoics would choose to farm such challenging country.
  • And it varies hugely and nearly everybody asks that question largely because they're embarrassed, they know about heroes and stoics who can put up with the most awful injuries and not make any complaints.
2 (Stoic) A member of the ancient philosophical school of Stoicism.
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  • One school of ancient philosophers, the Stoics, developed a distinctive view of Medea as part of their ethics and psychology.
  • The ancient Stoics seem to have taken a similar line.
  • The ancient Greek Stoics seem to me to have done better with these distinctions than the Epicureans, on whom I focus in this paper.

adjective

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1 another term for stoical. a look of stoic resignation
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  • His mood seems to have been one of stoic resignation, rather than despair, as reported by James Sharp, a leading Scots Presbyterian.
  • I cannot say these things matter-of-factly: they are too painful, and I have never been stoic.
  • All the handmaidens cheered, but the Lady stood to the back of them, her face stoic.
2 (Stoic) Of or belonging to the Stoics or their school of philosophy: the Stoic philosophers Seneca preached Stoic abstinence
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  • I found the juxtaposition naive, given my background in Stoic philosophy of managing the passions in public life.
  • In general, the prominent characteristic of Stoic philosophy is moral heroism, often verging on asceticism.
  • So well-versed was he in the works of the Stoics that he went on to teach Stoic philosophy as a fellow of The Hoover Institution.

Origin

late Middle English: via Latin from Greek stōïkos, from stoa (with reference to Zeno's teaching in the Stoa Poikilē or Painted Porch, at Athens).

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