What does Stoic mean?

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ˈstoʊ ɪksto·ic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Stoicnoun

    a member of the ancient Greek school of philosophy founded by Zeno

    "a Stoic achieves happiness by submission to destiny"

  2. stoic, unemotional personadjective

    someone who is seemingly indifferent to emotions

  3. stoic, stoicaladjective

    seeming unaffected by pleasure or pain; impassive

    "stoic courage"; "stoic patience"; "a stoical sufferer"

  4. Stoicadjective

    pertaining to Stoicism or its followers


  1. stoicnoun

    Proponent of a school of thought, from in 300 up to about the time of Marcus Aurelius, who holds that by cultivating an understanding of the logos, or natural law, one can be free of suffering.

  2. stoicnoun

    a person indifferent to pleasure or pain

  3. stoicnoun

    a student of Stowe School, England.

  4. stoicadjective

    of or relating to the Stoics or their ideas; see Stoicism

  5. stoicadjective

    not affected by pain or distress

  6. stoicadjective

    not displaying any external signs of being affected by pain or distress

  7. Etymology: From stoicus, from Στωϊκός, from Ποικίλη Στοά, the portico in Athens where Zeno was teaching.


  1. STOIC

    STOIC (Stack-Oriented Interactive Compiler) is a 1970s programming language, a variant of Forth.


  1. stoic

    A stoic is a person who can endure pain, hardship or suffering without showing their feelings or complaining. It refers to someone who is unemotional, especially under challenging conditions. The term originates from Stoicism, an ancient Greek philosophy which teaches the development of self-control and fortitude to overcome destructive emotions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stoicnoun

    a disciple of the philosopher Zeno; one of a Greek sect which held that men should be free from passion, unmoved by joy or grief, and should submit without complaint to unavoidable necessity, by which all things are governed

  2. Stoicnoun

    hence, a person not easily excited; an apathetic person; one who is apparently or professedly indifferent to pleasure or pain

  3. Stoicnoun

    alt. of Stoical

  4. Etymology: [L. stoicus, Gr. , fr. , adj., literally, of or pertaining to a colonnade, from a roofed colonnade, a porch, especially, a porch in Athens where Zeno and his successors taught.]


  1. STOIC

    STOIC is a 1970s programming language, a variant of Forth.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stoic

    stō′ik, n. a disciple of the philosopher Zeno (340-260 B.C.), who opened his school in a colonnade called the Stoa Poikilē ('painted porch') at Athens—later Roman Stoics were Cato the Younger, Seneca, Marcus Aurelius: one indifferent to pleasure or pain.—adjs. Stō′ic, -al, pertaining to the Stoics, or to their opinions; indifferent to pleasure or pain.—adv. Stō′ically.—ns. Stō′icalness; Stō′icism, the doctrines of the Stoics, a school of ancient philosophy strongly opposed to Epicureanism in its views of life and duty: indifference to pleasure or pain. [L. Stoicus—Gr. Stōïkosstoa, a porch.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Stoic in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Stoic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Stoic in a Sentence

  1. Lucius Annaeus Seneca:

    Our (The Stoic) motto, as you know, is live according to nature.

  2. Mick Mulroy:

    I started to see that everything that made a Stoic a true Stoic was right there in a person who had never even heard of the concept or the philosophy.

  3. Carolina Panthers:

    I'd like to believe( the criticism is about) his personality more than anything, the idea that you should be stoic when you play this game, it really should be about your merit more so than anything else, about what you've accomplished and what you've done. That's how we should judge people.

  4. Jason Miller:

    For all the talk of the Senate trial being this very stoic, very measured, very deliberative effort, there will be just as much media focus and just as much debating outside of the Senate as of any other time during this impeachment process. The audience here is the entire American public if not the entire world.

  5. Nancy Sherman:

    The ancient world was not a place for modern gender equity. But the Stoic philosophers, in their discourses on political and moral life, held that virtue, or ethical excellence, had no gender. Zeno of Citium envisaged an ideal community of sages that included women. The view follows from the Stoic doctrine that all humans are endowed with reason.

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