Definition of stoicism in English:



mass noun
  • 1The endurance of pain or hardship without the display of feelings and without complaint.

    • ‘Past generations had much worse to deal with, but showed stoicism, forbearance and fortitude.’
    • ‘The British public, and particularly those in London, have been rightly praised for drawing on reserves of stoicism and endurance.’
    • ‘Moving between past and present, writing with self restraint and stoicism, she reveals a history filled with pain.’
    • ‘Michele endured her long illness with stoicism, dignity and determination.’
    • ‘The British traditionally accepted the cost of motoring with stoicism.’
    • ‘There are many personality traits traditionally associated with multi-million selling superstars, but stoicism is not one of them.’
    • ‘It takes a certain kind of stoicism to endure such an extreme environment, and to flourish there.’
    • ‘He almost lost not only his British optimism but his Germanic stoicism.’
    • ‘We're experts at turning a noble fiasco into a story about fortitude and stoicism.’
    • ‘Throughout the two world wars and the decades following both of them, the lower classes were widely revered for their courage in battle and their stoicism in peace.’
    • ‘The United player kept his counsel, winning back public opinion with his stoicism in the face of the insults.’
    • ‘Clearly, endurance here means much more than tightlipped stoicism.’
    • ‘He accepts his responsibilities with a mixture of stoicism, patience and bewilderment.’
    • ‘That most shoulder this burden with little complaint says much for their courage and stoicism.’
    • ‘Others will display stoicism, and still others would prefer to go fishing.’
    • ‘Having lived under that cloud for so many years, most British travellers will accept the military presence with more stoicism than alarm.’
    • ‘Every victory was a blessing, every defeat accepted with stoicism.’
    • ‘Yet to quote these entries out of context is to miss Derek's exhilarating sense of courage and stoicism when under the stress of physical and mental impairment.’
    • ‘The hero will undergo various struggles in which you, the viewer, will be able to vicariously enjoy his stoicism while, of course, undergoing no pain.’
    • ‘A much more honest assessment comes from an American tourist friend who could not believe the calm and stoicism of ordinary Britons during the attacks.’
    patience, forbearance, resignation, lack of protest, lack of complaint, fortitude, endurance, acceptance, acceptance of the inevitable, fatalism, philosophicalness, impassivity, dispassion, phlegm, imperturbability, calmness, coolness, cool
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  • 2An ancient Greek school of philosophy founded at Athens by Zeno of Citium. The school taught that virtue, the highest good, is based on knowledge; the wise live in harmony with the divine Reason (also identified with Fate and Providence) that governs nature, and are indifferent to the vicissitudes of fortune and to pleasure and pain.

    • ‘The school of Stoicism was founded by Zeno in the late 4th century.’
    • ‘The founder of Stoicism, Zeno of Citium, developed a systematic and elaborate metaphysics, ethics, and epistemology.’
    • ‘In the face of the demands of the state for outward conformity, freedom can only be found by retreating into oneself, by taking refuge in a philosophy such as Stoicism, Epicureanism, or Scepticism.’
    • ‘There is an interesting logic to the six direct passions, which Hume borrowed from a tradition that can be traced to ancient Greek Stoicism.’
    • ‘Zeno's writings established Stoicism as a set of ideas articulated into three parts: logic, physics, and ethics.’