Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Indifference to pleasure or pain; impassiveness.
  • n. The doctrines or philosophy of the Stoics.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A school of philosophy during the Roman Empire that emphasized reason as a means of understanding the natural state of things, or logos, and as a means of freeing oneself from emotional distress.
  • n. A real or pretended indifference to pleasure or pain; insensibility; impassiveness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The opinions and maxims of the Stoics.
  • n. A real or pretended indifference to pleasure or pain; insensibility; impassiveness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. [capitalized] The opinions and maxims of the Stoics; also, the conduct recommended by the Stoics.
  • n. A real or pretended indifference to pleasure or pain; the bearing of pain without betraying feeling; calm fortitude.
  • n. Synonyms Insensibility, Impassibility, etc. See apathy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an indifference to pleasure or pain
  • n. (philosophy) the philosophical system of the Stoics following the teachings of the ancient Greek philosopher Zeno

Etymologies

From stoic +‎ -ism (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It must have been a lesson in stoicism to withstand them!

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  • The great English journalist Harold Evans, editor of the Sunday Times at the time of the Birmingham bombings, says, "I hate to use the word stoicism, but its true."

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  • And stoicism is a personalty trait of an individual not a sex.

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  • There's a certain stoicism and humility to be found in that philosophy, articulated most clearly in Ecclesiastes but evidenced also in common-use words and phrases like "heam", "mektoub" or "in God's hands" ... but it can also be deeply fatalistic, deterministic to the point of being defeatist.

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  • The irreverent counter to that stoicism is provided by the Fleet Street tabloids, which, whenever possible, disdain Victorian principals while taking a Victoria's Secret approach to covering women's tennis.

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  • This implies that there's something inherently wrong with stoicism, which is just as bad as suggesting that emotions are to be suppressed for the sake of "manliness".

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  • Prometheus under the beak of the vulture could not have shown more patience than most of those unhappy gentlemen under the infliction of the lawyer's tongue; and their stoicism was the more praiseworthy, because in many instances there seemed no prospect, however remote, of the advent of a Hercules to deliver them.

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  • As we looked at her I think we all realized anew that what the world called stoicism in Susan B. Anthony throughout the years of her long struggle had been, instead, the splendid courage of an indomitable soul -- while all the time the woman's heart had longed for affection and recognition.

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  • England is fighting heroically, stoically; but her stoicism is a vital mistake.

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  • Many people who are nervous invalids, and many who are not, are constantly weakening themselves and making themselves suffer by using their wills vigorously in every way _but_ that which is necessary to their moral freedom: by bearing various unhappy effects with so-called stoicism, or fighting against them with their eyes tight shut to the real cause of their suffering, and so hiding an increasing weakness under an appearance of strength.

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