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1. One who is seemingly indifferent to or unaffected by joy, grief, pleasure, or pain.
2. Stoic A member of an originally Greek school of philosophy, founded by Zeno of Citium about 308 bc, believing that God determined everything for the best and that virtue is sufficient for happiness. Its later Roman form advocated the calm acceptance of all occurrences as the unavoidable result of divine will or of the natural order.
adj. also sto·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
1. Seemingly indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; impassive: "stoic resignation in the face of hunger" (John F. Kennedy).
2. Stoic Of or relating to the Stoics or their philosophy.
[Middle English Stoic, a Stoic, from Latin Stōicus, from Greek Stōikos, from stoā (poikilē), (Painted) Porch, where Zeno taught; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]
(Philosophy) 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
(Philosophy) of or relating to the doctrines of the Stoics
[C16: via Latin from Greek stōikos, from stoa the porch in Athens where Zeno taught]
a person who maintains stoical qualities
a variant of stoical
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. (l.c.) stoical.n.
3. a member or adherent of the Stoic school of philosophy.
4. (l.c.) a person who maintains or affects the mental attitude advocated by the Stoics.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin Stōicus < Greek Stōïkós, derivative of stoá stoa, the portico at Athens where Zeno taught]
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|Noun||1.||Stoic - a member of the ancient Greek school of philosophy founded by Zeno; "a Stoic achieves happiness by submission to destiny"|
philosopher - a specialist in philosophy
|2.||stoic - someone who is seemingly indifferent to emotions|
|Adj.||1.||stoic - seeming unaffected by pleasure or pain; impassive; "stoic courage"; "stoic patience"; "a stoical sufferer"|
unemotional - unsusceptible to or destitute of or showing no emotion
|2.||Stoic - pertaining to Stoicism or its followers|