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Stoic

[stoh-ik] /ˈstoʊ ɪk/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the school of philosophy founded by Zeno, who taught that people should be free from passion, unmoved by joy or grief, and submit without complaint to unavoidable necessity.
2.
(lowercase) stoical.
noun
3.
a member or adherent of the Stoic school of philosophy.
4.
(lowercase) a person who maintains or affects the mental attitude advocated by the Stoics.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin Stōicus < Greek Stōikós, equivalent to stō- (variant stem of stoá stoa) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
non-Stoic, adjective, noun
unstoic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stoics

stoic

/ˈstəʊɪk/
noun
1.
a person who maintains stoical qualities
adjective
2.
a variant of stoical

Stoic

/ˈstəʊɪk/
noun
1.
a member of the ancient Greek school of philosophy founded by Zeno of Citium, holding that virtue and happiness can be attained only by submission to destiny and the natural law
adjective
2.
of or relating to the doctrines of the Stoics
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek stōikos, from stoa the porch in Athens where Zeno taught
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Word Origin and History for stoics

stoic

n.

late 14c., "philosopher of the school founded by Zeno," from Latin stoicus, from Greek stoikos "pertaining to a member of or the teachings of the school founded by Zeno (c.334-c.262 B.C.E.), characterized by austere ethical doctrines," literally "pertaining to a portico," from stoa "porch," specifically Stoa Poikile "the Painted Porch," the great hall in Athens (decorated with frescoes depicting the Battle of Marathon) where Zeno taught (see stoa). Meaning "person who represses feelings or endures patiently" first recorded 1570s. The adjective is recorded from 1590s in the "repressing feelings" sense, c.1600 in the philosophical sense.

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stoics in the Bible

a sect of Greek philosophers at Athens, so called from the Greek word stoa i.e., a "porch" or "portico," where they have been called "the Pharisees of Greek paganism." The founder of the Stoics was Zeno, who flourished about B.C. 300. He taught his disciples that a man's happiness consisted in bringing himself into harmony with the course of the universe. They were trained to bear evils with indifference, and so to be independent of externals. Materialism, pantheism, fatalism, and pride were the leading features of this philosophy.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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