stoic

stoic
stoic, stoical
As an adjective, stoic is normally used attributively (i.e. before a noun, as in stoic virtues and stoic indifference), and preserves a more direct reference to the philosophy of the ancient Stoics from whom the word is derived. In predicative position (i.e. after a verb) stoical is more usual, and in all its uses conveys the more generalized allusive sense of personal restraint and self-control. A stoic indifference is the kind of indifference that the Stoics taught and practised, whereas a stoical indifference is indifference that is, on its own terms, concentrated and resolute. When the reference is to people rather than qualities, stoical has to be used: one can have stoic or stoical resolution but one can only be stoical oneself.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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