Definition of stoicism in US English:



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

    • ‘It takes a certain kind of stoicism to endure such an extreme environment, and to flourish there.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Having lived under that cloud for so many years, most British travellers will accept the military presence with more stoicism than alarm.’
    • ‘There are many personality traits traditionally associated with multi-million selling superstars, but stoicism is not one of them.’
    • ‘Every victory was a blessing, every defeat accepted with 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 British public, and particularly those in London, have been rightly praised for drawing on reserves of stoicism and endurance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He almost lost not only his British optimism but his Germanic stoicism.’
    • ‘He accepts his responsibilities with a mixture of stoicism, patience and bewilderment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That most shoulder this burden with little complaint says much for their courage and stoicism.’
    • ‘The British traditionally accepted the cost of motoring with stoicism.’
    • ‘Past generations had much worse to deal with, but showed stoicism, forbearance and fortitude.’
    • ‘Michele endured her long illness with stoicism, dignity and determination.’
    • ‘Others will display stoicism, and still others would prefer to go fishing.’
    • ‘Clearly, endurance here means much more than tightlipped stoicism.’
    • ‘The United player kept his counsel, winning back public opinion with his stoicism in the face of the insults.’
    • ‘Moving between past and present, writing with self restraint and stoicism, she reveals a history filled with pain.’
    • ‘We're experts at turning a noble fiasco into a story about fortitude and stoicism.’
    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 founder of Stoicism, Zeno of Citium, developed a systematic and elaborate metaphysics, ethics, and epistemology.’
    • ‘The school of Stoicism was founded by Zeno in the late 4th century.’
    • ‘Zeno's writings established Stoicism as a set of ideas articulated into three parts: logic, physics, and ethics.’
    • ‘There is an interesting logic to the six direct passions, which Hume borrowed from a tradition that can be traced to ancient Greek Stoicism.’
    • ‘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.’