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ˈstoʊ əˌsɪz əmsto·icism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stoicism, stolidity, stolidnessnoun

    an indifference to pleasure or pain

  2. Stoicismnoun

    (philosophy) the philosophical system of the Stoics following the teachings of the ancient Greek philosopher Zeno

Wiktionary

  1. stoicismnoun

    A school of philosophy during the Roman Empire that emphasized reason as a means of understanding the natural state of things, or logos, and as a means of freeing oneself from emotional distress.

  2. stoicismnoun

    A real or pretended indifference to pleasure or pain; insensibility; impassiveness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stoicismnoun

    the opinions and maxims of the Stoics

    Etymology: [Cf. F. stocisme.]

  2. Stoicismnoun

    a real or pretended indifference to pleasure or pain; insensibility; impassiveness

    Etymology: [Cf. F. stocisme.]

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  1. Stoicism

    Stoicism is a school of Hellenistic philosophy founded in Athens by Zeno of Citium in the early 3rd century BC. The Stoics taught that destructive emotions resulted from errors in judgment, and that a sage, or person of "moral and intellectual perfection," would not suffer such emotions. Stoics were concerned with the active relationship between cosmic determinism and human freedom, and the belief that it is virtuous to maintain a will that is in accord with nature. Because of this, the Stoics presented their philosophy as a way of life, and they thought that the best indication of an individual's philosophy was not what a person said but how he behaved. Later Stoics, such as Seneca and Epictetus, emphasized that because "virtue is sufficient for happiness", a sage was immune to misfortune. This belief is similar to the meaning of the phrase "stoic calm", though the phrase does not include the "radical ethical" Stoic views that only a sage can be considered truly free, and that all moral corruptions are equally vicious. From its founding, Stoic doctrine was popular with a following in Greece and throughout the Roman Empire — including the Emperor Marcus Aurelius — until the closing of all philosophy schools in AD 529 by order of the Emperor Justinian I, who perceived their pagan character as being at odds with the Christian faith.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stoicism in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stoicism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of stoicism in a Sentence

  1. Nancy Sherman:

    Stoicism has blessings and curses. If we think we are bullet proof, whether as civilians or soldiers, we are sorely misled and put ourselves in grave psychological danger. At bottom, we become unprepared for loving and losing and being the kinds of object that can be loved or lost, by parents, spouses, and children alike. In war and peacetime, as combatants or noncombatants, we may face unspeakable horrors and life threats and indignities, large and small. But the very numbness that can be so adaptive to survival, can also erect walls that stand in the way of human attachment and trust. I am all for Stoic teachings of empowerment of agency. But we are, as Marcus Aurelius knew well, citizens of the universe, attached to each other, and deeply affected by the social worlds and practices and institutions of which we are a part. To forget our membership and responsibilities in the social world and how that affects our life chances is to forget who we are.

  2. The BDU:

    Vitaly Shishov was under surveillance. There were appropriate notifications to the police about the facts. Also we were repeatedly warned by local sources and by our own people in Belarus about all kinds of provocations up to kidnapping and liquidation, vitaly Shishov treated these warnings with stoicism and humor, stating that at least in this way, it would be possible for BDU to get out of the info vacuum.

  3. Mick Mulroy:

    Military training, throughout history, has required discipline.  Socrates believed that self-control could become the very foundation of moral wisdom if only we could learn how to apply it to overcoming violent passions, such as anger and hatred.   Stoicism appeals to military men and women precisely because it was inspired by ancient military values.  It’s especially relevant today because of its potential to reach many individuals who do not otherwise seek therapy or read self-help literature.  It also holds out the promise of a more lasting, perhaps even lifelong, personal transformation.

  4. Walt Whitman:

    I see great things in baseball. It's our game--the American game. It will take our people out-of-doors, fill them with oxygen, give them a larger physical stoicism. Tend to relieve us from being a nervous, dyspeptic set. Repair these losses, and be a blessing to us.

  5. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    Stoicism will teach you to smile at pain and frown at the sight of too much pleasure.

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