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  • Enduring pain and hardship without showing one's feelings or complaining.

    ‘he taught a stoical acceptance of suffering’
    • ‘Concerning women's stoical endurance of pain during childbirth, she found that the expectation was not restricted to just the hospital situation.’
    • ‘I don't tell this story to boast of my skills as a stalker or hide builder or to show my stoical ability to endure hours without moving in the pursuit of wildlife.’
    • ‘While we would rather see the enemy be the one to ‘die for his country’ we realize what sacrifices we may be called to make and take a stoical acceptance of our fate.’
    • ‘For a sales executive, the airline delays of the past 10 days have brought much opportunity for stoical resignation, deep thinking and reading.’
    • ‘It would have been fascinating to eavesdrop on their several conversations but what was most impressive was his stoical calm under such pressure.’
    • ‘Stanley is the victim of such an appalling and unlikely miscarriage of justice and yet he remains stoical and philosophical about everything that befalls him.’
    • ‘The atmosphere was resigned and stoical, but also determined.’
    • ‘What we see in Frazer is a quality of stoical resignation in the face of hopelessness, mixed with sad beauty.’
    • ‘This is what makes men stoical with a fatalism that is so complete it allows for neither optimism nor pessimism.’
    • ‘They stand in the hot sun and wait: it is not so much stoical or fatalistic as a worn-out realism.’
    • ‘The north invokes, partly of course because of Coronation Street itself, an ethos of down-to-earth good humour and a stoical acceptance of disappointment and tragedy.’
    • ‘He was amazingly patient and stoical, though sad and resigned, as though all this was a deserved punishment.’
    • ‘The result of this stoical acceptance is that Swedes welcome new ideas.’
    • ‘I'm stoical and have a pretty high pain threshold.’
    • ‘These songs inhabit a brutal world of sin, stoical suffering, death and redemption.’
    • ‘A lot of people are very stoical and put up with pain because they think nothing can be done.’
    • ‘Even when some twenty years before his death at ninety the life's raison d'être began to diminish before ceasing altogether, his attitude was calm and stoical.’
    • ‘The mood in France in particular was one of stoical resignation - one that probably characterized all agrarian workers who were called up and had to leave their land to be cultivated by women and children.’
    • ‘The masculine heroes are phlegmatic, resourceful and stoical.’
    • ‘In character he appears to have been gentle and kindly, self-sacrificing with his patients and stoical towards his own ill health.’
    long-suffering, uncomplaining, patient, forbearing, accepting, stoic, with the patience of Job, resigned, impassive, unemotional, phlegmatic, philosophical, fatalistic, imperturbable, calm, cool, unexcitable, stolid
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/ˈstōək(ə)l/ /ˈstoʊək(ə)l/