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Stoicism

[stoh-uh-siz-uh m] /ˈstoʊ əˌsɪz əm/
noun
1.
a systematic philosophy, dating from around 300 b.c., that held the principles of logical thought to reflect a cosmic reason instantiated in nature.
2.
(lowercase) conduct conforming to the precepts of the Stoics, as repression of emotion and indifference to pleasure or pain.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; Stoic + -ism
Synonyms
2. See patience.
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British Dictionary definitions for Stoicism

stoicism

/ˈstəʊɪˌsɪzəm/
noun
1.
indifference to pleasure and pain
2.
(capital) the philosophy of the Stoics
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Word Origin and History for Stoicism

stoicism

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

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Stoicism in Culture
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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