A Word A Day : Stoic

Sunday, 14th October 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Noun & Adjective )

Pronunciation : sto-ik

1. One who is seemingly indifferent to or unaffected by joy, grief, pleasure, or pain

2. Showing admirable patience and endurance in the face of adversity without complaining or getting upset

3. Someone who is seemingly indifferent to emotions


Middle English Stoic, a Stoic, from Latin Stōicus, from Greek Stōikos, from stoā (poikile), (Painted) Porch, where Zeno taught


Enduring, Tolerant, Patient, Indifferent, Apathetic, Resigned, Passive, Stoical


Excitable, Emotional

Contextual Examples:

• The men, pitching forward insanely, had burst into cheerings, moblike and barbaric, but tuned in strange keys that can arouse the dullard and the stoic.

• In the affair of love, which, out of strict conformity with the Stoic philosophy, we shall here treat as a disease, this proneness to relapse is no less conspicuous.

Related Words :

1. Stoically: Adverb

2. Stoicalness: Noun

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