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[stoh-i-kuh l] /ˈstoʊ ɪ kəl/
impassive; characterized by a calm, austere fortitude befitting the Stoics:
a stoical sufferer.
(initial capital letter) of or relating to the Stoics.
Origin of stoical
1400-50; Middle English; see Stoic, -al1
Related forms
stoically, adverb
stoicalness, noun
hyperstoical, adjective
nonstoical, adjective
nonstoically, adverb
nonstoicalness, noun
superstoical, adjective
superstoically, adverb
unstoical, adjective
unstoically, adverb
1. imperturbable, cool, indifferent.
1. sympathetic, warm, demonstrative, effusive. Unabridged
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  • So he adopted this position and stoically set out to endure the hurt.

    Burned Bridges Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • Every member was suffering silently, stoically; each in a different way.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • The captain observed him stoically from over his thick and black beard.

    The Fifth Queen Ford Madox Ford
  • Richmond knew better, but Richmond was stoically calm as to the possibility of a storming.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • Marcelo seems to have been the most stoically brave of the many Leonese martyrs.

  • The darkness and silence, in which they stoically seek refuge, know the rest.

    Napoleon the Little Victor Hugo
  • Whether it be his pleasure or his pain, he takes it stoically, without any observable alteration in his sombre physiognomy.

  • "To me it seems very comprehensible," answered Madeleine stoically.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
British Dictionary definitions for stoically


characterized by impassivity or resignation
Derived Forms
stoically, adverb
stoicalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for stoically


mid-15c., in reference to philosophers, from stoic + -al (2). Related: Stoically. From 1570s as "indifferent to pleasure or pain."

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