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When her leg was fractured during the multiple car accident, Elizabeth remained stoic or calm, insisting that others’ injuries be treated first. Her injury resulted in months of physical therapy, throughout which the enduring, quiet Elizabeth was stoic or uncomplaining. I asked how she could remain so stoic or patient while suffering such intense pain. She replied that there was nothing she could do about it, and that staying unemotional or stoic seemed best for all concerned.

Quiz: Which person is stoic?

  • Solomon puts everyone else’s needs before his own.
  • Shonda conceals her feelings and always stays calm.
  • Steven experiences a huge trauma and goes into shock.

Memory Hook

Scar Tissue When I asked about the scar tissue that I discovered on Tolbert's back, he stoically replied that it was nothing and to forget about it.


  • To _be_ a good sportsman, one must be a stoic [person] and never show rancor in defeat, or triumph in victory, or irritation, no matter what annoyance is encountered. — Emily Post, American author, from _Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics and at Home_ Emily post, american author, from _etiquette in society, in business, in politics and at home_
  • In private times this week, Gibbs cried hard for Taylor. Those who revealed this fact weren't sure he would want that known. It defies the stoic facade the coach likes to show. Tears don't run well on a face that has been bronzed in the Football Hall of Fame. —The Washington Post
  • Analysts also surmised that Clinton may have helped herself when she teared up at a campaign event on Monday—a display of emotion that got massive media attention and that may have helped counter her image as stoic and steely. —The Christian Science Monitor
  • Nobody is more beloved than Zimmer, who is a universal grandfather figure—a symbol of bemused, stoic sanity—in a game that eventually seems to drive everybody else nuts. —The Washington Post

Word Ingredients

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The word stoic comes from a root word meaning “Painted Porch.” Zeno, the founder of Stoicism, who taught his followers to equally endure and be silent about both pain and pleasure, frequented and taught in the “Painted Porch;” hence, someone stoic is “like” someone of the “Painted Porch.”

Word Theater

Documentary What it means to be stoic.

Word Constellation


Word Variants

stoicism n a state of showing no reaction to pleasure or pain
stoic n one who is seemingly unaffected by emotions