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<p> sto·ic (stō'ĭk) Pronunciation Key </p> <p> noun. </p> <p> One who is seemingly indifferent to or unaffected by joy, grief, pleasure, or pain. </p> <p> Stoic A member of an originally Greek school of philosophy, founded by Zeno about 308 B.C., believing that God determined everything for the best and that virtue is sufficient for happiness. Its later Roman form advocated the calm acceptance of all occurrences as the unavoidable result of divine will or of the natural order. </p> <p> adjective. also sto·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) </p> <p> Seemingly indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; impassive: "stoic resignation in the face of hunger" (John F. Kennedy). </p> <p> Stoic Of or relating to the Stoics or their philosophy. </p> <p> [Middle English Stoic, a Stoic, from Latin Stōicus, from Greek Stōikos, from stoā (poikilē), (Painted) Porch, where Zeno taught; see stā- in Indo-European roots.] </p> <p> sto'i·cal·ly adv., sto'i·cal·ness n. </p> <p> hand·i·cap /ˈhændiˌkæp/ Pronunciation[han-dee-kap] noun, verb, -capped, -cap·ping. </p> <p> noun. </p> <p> 1. a race or other contest in which certain disadvantages or advantages of weight, distance, time, etc., are placed upon competitors to equalize their chances of winning. </p> <p> 2. the disadvantage or advantage itself. </p> <p> 3. any disadvantage that makes success more difficult: The main handicap of our business is lack of capital. </p> <p> 4. a physical or mental disability making participation in certain of the usual activities of daily living more difficult. </p> <p> verb. </p> <p> (used with object) 5. to place at a disadvantage; disable or burden: He was handicapped by his injured ankle. </p> <p> 6. to subject to a disadvantageous handicap, as a competitor of recognized superiority. </p> <p> 7. to assign handicaps to (competitors). </p> <p> 8. Sports. a. to attempt to predict the winner of (a contest, esp. a horse race), as by comparing past performances of the contestants. </p> <p> b. to assign odds for or against (any particular contestant) to win a contest or series of contests: He handicapped the Yankees at 2-to-1 to take the series from the Cardinals. </p>