Tuesday, 15 September 2009


stoical | stk()l | a. LME. [f. as prec. + -AL1.] 1 Of or belonging to the Stoics; characteristic of the Stoic philosophy. LME. 2 Of disposition, behaviour, etc.: characterized by indifference to pleasure and pain. Of a person: resembling a Stoic; practising repression of emotion, indifference to pleasure and pain, and patient endurance in adversity. L16.
2 B. MONTGOMERY I used to praise the Russian people for their stoical endurance of many hardships.

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* Main Entry: sto·ic
* Pronunciation: \ˈstō-ik\
* Function: 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

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