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Basically I'm looking for an adjective that describes someone's personality. That they are alright, fine, ok, that they're not hurting when in fact they're in emotional pain or very upset, but they act like they aren't for the sake of others.

I'm aware of the expression, but I'm looking for a single word that could be used as a descriptive personality trait. I want it mostly in a negative connotation, because it's a defect within the character's personality. They do this to the point where they literally harm themselves on an emotional level.

And I've considered stoic, but it doesn't quite fit with the vibe of the character. Rather then remain calm or impassive, they hide their pain under all good cheer - acting as if they are happy rather then in pain. They are the kind of character that would rather pretend nothing is wrong, and that everything is happy and alright, if only to hide how severely dependant they are.

Primarily used for single-word personality trait needing roleplays.

However, an example would be ''That person is the type of person who x ''.

Further example: ''That person is enthusiastic, but I know they're also x''

  • The usual expression is 'put[ting] on a brave face'. – Edwin Ashworth Jan 18 '17 at 11:23
  • @tchrist I know you're not a fan of pejorative language, but it's a bit unfair to instantly and unilaterally close this question, but leave the janitorial work on "Is 'Noid' a real word?" up to the community. It's not fair to have your cake and eat it too. Anyway, the question has been edited to fit the letter of the guidelines (though it already had met them in spirit), so it's time to re-open it. I've already cast my vote. – Dan Bron Jan 18 '17 at 11:34
  • If it helps, I'm looking for the word primarily for roleplay, where I have to summarize my characters in lists of 7 single word traits. If I had the chance, I would expound. But alas, the rules are such that I need single word traits. – PerfectFallacy Jan 18 '17 at 11:46
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    @PerfectFallacy The word you are looking for is stoic or one of its synonyms. Alas, speaking of suffocating rules, you tripped over one in the original formulation of your question here, which gave a moderator an excuse to close a type of question he is biased against, so I can't offer an answer proper (though, if I'm being honest and talking about personal flaws, I would have likely simply left a comment in either case). – Dan Bron Jan 18 '17 at 11:52
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    Is "the expression" you allude to in "I'm aware of the expression" in paragraph 2 the one that @EdwinAshworth suggested in the comments ('put[ting] on a brave face')? I'm pretty sure it is, but maybe you could consider specifically repeating that expression (& maybe any others that you're familiar with [eg, 'suffer[ing] in silence'?]) in the question itself, just in case the comment(s)/expression(s) is/are removed. Also, is the reason behind this trait really "for the sake of others" (which kind of makes it sound positive) or could it be "for the sake of appearances"? Anyway, good question! – Papa Poule Jan 18 '17 at 15:20
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Uncomplaining

: accepting, doing, or dealing with something difficult or unpleasant without complaining

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I realize that this may not be what you're looking for, but it seems to me that the easiest adjective for someone who claims to be fine while is, in fact, hurting, is quite simply, a liar.

  • I agree, liar might seem very simple to use. But on the other hand, that use is easiest when there's an explanation attached to it. For example, if you called someone a liar, most people would not assume that they're only lying about their own emotional well-being. They would assume that they in fact, lie about everything. And unfortunately, as it's only a one word trait list, that's what would end up happening, and it's not the effect I wish to have. But it is definitely a good suggestion if I have permission to elucidate! – PerfectFallacy Jan 21 '17 at 18:00

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