from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or character of being stolid; dullness; stupidity.
  • noun Synonyms See stolid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state or quality of being stolid; dullness of intellect; obtuseness; stupidity.

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  • noun The property of being stolid; unemotionality.

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

  • noun an indifference to pleasure or pain
  • noun apathy demonstrated by an absence of emotional reactions


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  • It had a certain Dutch stolidity in its manner of calmly and bumpily surmounting such portions of the landscape as happened in its way.

    African Camp Fires

  • These frontier towns inured to the clash of war go about their business with what one might call stolidity if there were not finer, and truer, names for it.

    Fighting France, from Dunkerque to Belfort

  • She paused, waiting for some acknowledgment of his interest, but not getting it, went on bitterly enough, for his stolidity was a very great mystery to her:

    Dark Hollow

  • In early works we find sometimes no expression at all, or an apparent stolidity which is really the absence of expression; in the archaic smile we see an attempt to enliven the face, and possibly also, as we have noticed, to express and even to induce the benignity of the deity.

    Religion and Art in Ancient Greece

  • After making to the various visible forms of nature a solemn promise to be damned, that gentleman resumed the air of stolidity which is supposed to be appropriate to a state of alert military attention.

    The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce — Volume 2: In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians

  • I think this arose not more from its immensity than from the kind of stolidity to which I have alluded.

    In the Wilderness

  • I think this arose not more from its immensity than from the kind of stolidity to which I have alluded.

    The Complete Project Gutenberg Writings of Charles Dudley Warner

  • She was pretty, and slender, and willowy; without the massive face and temperamental stolidity of the average squaw.


  • According to Griscom, Komura's "Oriental stolidity dissolved in a shout of laughter," and Jack London got his camera back.


  • Or was hers the stubborn obstinacy of the ox? the fixity of purpose of the balky horse? the stolidity of the self-willed peasant-mind?



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