November 04, 2013
stoic (adjective)
\STOH-ik\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: unconcerned about pleasure or pain
How do you use it?
Rebecca was stoic about losing the tennis match, but she vowed to do better next time.
Are you a word wiz?

The word "stoic" comes from a Greek word having to do with a particular thing. Which of the following do you think it is?

"Stoic" comes from the Greek word "stoikos," meaning "of the portico." A portico is a part of a building: a row of columns supporting a roof around or at the entrance of a building. It's in just such a place that a famous philosopher named Zeno taught in Athens, Greece more than 1,000 years ago. One of the things that Zeno taught was that people should be unconcerned about pleasure or pain. Because of where he taught, his philosophy came to be known as "stoicism," and his followers were called "Stoics." Now anyone who is unconcerned about pleasure or pain can be described as "stoic."
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