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Saturday, September 13, 2003

Definitions for stoic

  1. (Capitalized). A member of a school of philosophy founded by Zeno holding that one should be free from passion, unmoved by joy or grief, and should submit without complaint to unavoidable necessity.
  2. Hence, one who is apparently or professedly indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain, joy or grief.
  3. Of or pertaining to the Stoics; resembling the Stoics or their doctrines.

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Citations for stoic
Lorraine had been raised to be a stoic, and she put on a strong facade through most of the services following the crash. Bob Duffy, Boston Globe
They just try to be stoic, and withstand assault. Jeanine Basinger, Silent Stars
Origin of stoic
1350-1400
Stoic comes from Greek stoikos, literally "of or pertaining to a colonnade or porch," from stoa, "a roofed colonnade, a porch, especially, a porch in Athens where Zeno and his successors taught."