Adjective "Stoic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


A person who can endure pain or hardship without showing their feelings or complaining.
  1. 'The ideal stoic would go about life as an actor in a play, playing the roll they are assigned.'
  2. 'Beth's husband Kevin, a charismatic history teacher, emerges as a stoic, entirely but mutely aware of his wife's distracted love.'
  3. 'If you are on one end of the bell curve and need minimal drugs to treat your pain, you're a stoic, a good chap.'
  4. 'The modest, by contrast, realise that, in the sum of history and geography, they're but a tiny, passing crater, and the stoics know that human pain has to be suffered and can't just be railed against.'
A member of the ancient philosophical school of Stoicism.
  1. 'Here the Stoics might sound like Plato and Aristotle.'
  2. 'Approximately half the entry is on the Greek moralists Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and the Stoics.'
  3. 'The view that emotions are irrational was eloquently defended by the Epicureans and Stoics.'
  4. 'The ancient Stoics seem to have taken a similar line.'
  5. 'As a concept, it has affinities with Plato's anima mundi (world soul), and the Stoics ' pneuma.'
  6. 'Since 1993, I've gone through a great deal of philosophy, in particular works by the Roman stoics such as Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, and Cicero.'
  7. 'For doctrines in these areas, he turns to the Stoics and Peripatetics.'
  8. 'His heroes are the Stoics - especially Epicurus - and Marx.'
  9. 'For the Stoics were thorough-going empiricists and believed that sense-impressions lie at the foundation of all of our knowledge.'
  10. 'The Stoics attacked the Categories on the assumption that this treatise is on language and about linguistic expressions.'


  1. 'I suspect that if you have been trained to be stoic, this probably diminishes your ability to sense pain.'
  2. 'The movie detective is an archetypal Western hero: stoic, logical, and doggedly determined.'
  3. 'And in that kind of instance you would need a judiciary that is stout and stoic in the face of differences of opinion with the regime.'
  4. 'All the handmaidens cheered, but the Lady stood to the back of them, her face stoic.'
  5. 'She was silent and stoic through her trial, but she is talking now.'
  6. 'Mostly they were stoic as the tiniest details of the family's nightmare were revealed.'
  7. 'I cannot say these things matter-of-factly: they are too painful, and I have never been stoic.'
  8. 'Marilyn was a stoic and determined woman, with a clear vision.'
  9. 'Michael sat in one of the chairs against the wall, trying his best to look strong and stoic, but the worry in his eyes was his betrayer.'
  10. 'The Britons, in contrast, appeared stoic, taking the mentality of que sera sera.'
Of or belonging to the Stoics or their school of philosophy.
  1. 'Seneca preached Stoic abstinence'
  2. 'As we have seen, only virtue is good and choiceworthy, and only its opposite, vice, is bad and to be avoided according to Stoic ethics.'
  3. 'I found the juxtaposition naive, given my background in Stoic philosophy of managing the passions in public life.'
  4. 'This line of argument would seem to lead either to benign Stoic conclusions of mutual indifference, or to finding tyrants and reigns of terror no threat to individual freedom.'
  5. 'The Stoic school of philosophy existed for about five centuries, from its founding around 300 BCE to the second century CE.'
  6. 'Neither Aristotle nor Plato envisioned their cosmic cyclicity as requiring any detailed endless repetition such as the multiple births of Socrates, though some Stoic philosophers did adopt this drastic position.'
  7. 'Philo made a synthesis of the two systems and attempted to explain Hebrew thought in terms of Greek philosophy by introducing the Stoic concept of the Logos into Judaism.'
  8. 'In general, the prominent characteristic of Stoic philosophy is moral heroism, often verging on asceticism.'
  9. 'So well-versed was he in the works of the Stoics that he went on to teach Stoic philosophy as a fellow of The Hoover Institution.'
  10. 'This unity in the soul is related to another widely held Stoic teaching, i.e., the unity of the virtues.'
  11. 'However, through the introduction of the ‘Spirit,’ upon which Stoic philosophy has a great impact, this transcendence is counterbalanced by the immanence of Wisdom.'


1. of or relating 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. (lowercase) stoical. noun

3. a member or adherent of the Stoic school of philosophy.

4. (lowercase) a person who maintains or affects the mental attitude advocated by the Stoics.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be stoic in/at/on ways."

"people can be stoic throughout trials."

"people can be stoic during proceedings."

"artists can be stoic about fates."

"people can be stoic."

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(Stoic)Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek stōïkos, from stoa (with reference to Zeno's teaching in the Stoa Poikilē or Painted Porch, at Athens).