I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Latin stoicus, from Greek stōïkos, literally, of the portico, from Stoa (Poikilē) the Painted Portico, portico at Athens where Zeno taught Date: 14th century 1. capitalized a member of a school of philosophy founded by Zeno of Citium about 300 B.C. holding that the wise man should be free from passion, unmoved by joy or grief, and submissive to natural law 2. one apparently or professedly indifferent to pleasure or pain II. adjective or stoical Date: 15th century 1. capitalized of, relating to, or resembling the Stoics or their doctrines <
Stoic logic
2. not affected by or showing passion or feeling; especially firmly restraining response to pain or distress <
a stoic indifference to cold
Synonyms: see impassivestoically adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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