Stoics



adjective
1.
of or relating to the school of philosophy founded by Zeno, who taught that people should be free from passion, unmoved by joy or grief, and submit without complaint to unavoidable necessity.
2.
(lowercase) stoical.
noun
3.
a member or adherent of the Stoic school of philosophy.
4.
(lowercase) a person who maintains or affects the mental attitude advocated by the Stoics.
noun
1.
a person who maintains stoical qualities
adjective
2.
a variant of stoical
noun
1.
a member of the ancient Greek school of philosophy founded by Zeno of Citium, holding that virtue and happiness can be attained only by submission to destiny and the natural law
adjective
2.
of or relating to the doctrines of the Stoics
noun

a member of the school of philosophy founded by Zeno; belief that a wise man is free from passion and indifferent to grief or joy
Word Origin

Greek stoikos ‘portico where Zeno taught’

a sect of Greek philosophers at Athens, so called from the Greek word stoa i.e., a “porch” or “portico,” where they have been called “the Pharisees of Greek paganism.” The founder of the Stoics was Zeno, who flourished about B.C. 300. He taught his disciples that a man’s happiness consisted in bringing himself into harmony with the course of the universe. They were trained to bear evils with indifference, and so to be independent of externals. Materialism, pantheism, fatalism, and pride were the leading features of this philosophy.

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