solitude

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n solitude a solitary place
    • n solitude the state or situation of being alone
    • n solitude a state of social isolation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Solitude Remoteness from society; destitution of company; seclusion; -- said of places; as, the solitude of a wood. "The solitude of his little parish is become matter of great comfort to him."
    • Solitude solitary or lonely place; a desert or wilderness. "In these deep solitudes and awful cells
      Where heavenly pensive contemplation dwells."
      "O blest retirement , friend to life's decline.""Such only can enjoy the country who are capable of thinking when they are there; then they are prepared for solitude ; and in that [the country solitude is prepared for them.""It is a place of seclusion from the external world.""These evils . . . seem likely to reduce it [a city] ere long to the loneliness and the insignificance of a village."
    • Solitude state of being alone, or withdrawn from society; a lonely life; loneliness. "Whosoever is delighted with solitude is either a wild beast or a god.""O Solitude ! where are the charms
      That sages have seen in thy face?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n solitude The state of being alone; a lonely life; loneliness.
    • n solitude Remoteness from society; lack or utter want of companionship: applied to place: as, the solitude of a wood or a valley.
    • n solitude A lonely, secluded, or unfrequented place; a desert.
    • n solitude Synonyms Solitude, Retirement, Seclusion, Loneliness, Lonesomeness. Solitude is the condition of being absolutely alone, whether or not one has been with others, or desires to escape from them: as, the solitude of the Sphinx. Retirement is comparative solitude, produced by retiring, voluntarily or otherwise, from contact which one has had with others. Seclusion is stronger than retirement, implying the shutting out of others from access: after the Restoration Milton for safety's sake kept himself in retirement; indeed, except to a few trusted friends, he was in complete seclusion. Loneliness expresses the uncomfortable feelings, the longing for society, of one who is alone. Lonesomeness may be a lighter kind of loneliness, especially a feeling less spiritual than physical, growing out of the animal instinct for society and the desire of protection, the consciousness of being alone: as, the lonesomeness of a walk through a cemetery at night. Lonesomeness, more often than loneliness, may express the impression made upon the observer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Solitude sol′i-tūd a being alone: a lonely life: want of company: a lonely place or desert.
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Quotations

  • Kathleen Norris
    Kathleen Norris
    “There is no solitude in the world like that of the big city.”
  • Ruckett
    Ruckett
    “The fool needs company, the wise solitude.”
  • Lord Byron
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    “In solitude, where we are least alone.”
  • Thomas A. Edison
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    “The best thinking has been done in solitude.”
  • Erica Jong
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    “Solitude is un-American.”
  • Milan Kundera
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    “Solitude: a sweet absence of looks.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., from L. solitudo, solus, alone. See Sole (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. solitudosolus, alone.

Usage

In literature:

He knew he was only bidding farewell to his one friend of the Solitudes.
"Joyce of the North Woods" by Harriet T. Comstock
He was conscious of solitude.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
I can mourn for him in solitude and in silence.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
I will not dream so much as I do now, will not fret and excite myself in solitude.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
This was her own book; thought out, written, revised, and completed in her chosen solitude and secrecy.
"Cobwebs and Cables" by Hesba Stretton
He is simply a fighting machine, miserable in solitude, suffering when inactive and sick when resting.
"Evening Round Up" by William Crosbie Hunter
A curious sense of solitude, such as he had never known before, took possession of Delarey.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
The party dispersed, and she found herself again in the solitude of her own apartment.
"Eventide" by Effie Afton
More lonely is my mood Here, than in Nature's wildest solitude.
"The Song of the Exile--A Canadian Epic" by Wilfred S. Skeats
The days which the exiles passed in solitude were not unhappy.
"The Atlantic Monthly , Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858" by Various
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In poetry:

"There is not a spot in the quiet wood
But hath heard the sound of my feet,
And the violets come from their solitude
When my tears have made them sweet."
"The Two Sowers" by Alexander Anderson
And so I sought a wildsome wood
Wherein a lonely cabin stood,
And doomed myself to solitude,
And there was no one I would see:
Each morn a farmer brought to me
My food and hung it on a tree.
"My Cancer Cure" by Robert W Service
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodils.
"Daffodils" by William Wordsworth
How often, in a wayward mood,
Upon our thronged and sultry deck,
I've sat and longed for solitude
And silence—fondly tracing back
The fresh and stilly evening air,
All that made England dear and fair.
"The Oceanides XII" by Mary Jane Jewsbury
When speech expressed the inward thought,
And heart to kindred heart was bare,
And summer days were far too short
For all the pleasures crowded there;
And silence, solitude, and rest,
Now welcome to the weary breast—
"Past Days" by Anne Bronte
Then to our labour, for the night
Is coming, and the evening wanes,
And death will blast, and time will blight,
Our noblest hopes, our wisest plans.
Life is a web—a shade—a breath—
And there's long solitude in death.
""That They also may be One in Us"" by John Bowring

In news:

Others crave the solitude of a long car ride in the country.
It was my first experience of solitude, peace and prayer since arriving at Guantánamo Bay , Cuba, two days earlier.
America's oldest zoo reportedly has several haunted areas, including the Solitude House, built by William Penn's grandson, and the Penrose Building.
Cliftonville midfielder Barry Johnston says he will fulfil a lifetime ambition when he steps out to face Celtic at Solitude next month.
74-year-old skier falls off cliff, dies at Solitude.
Drowsy alternative to Cabo San Lucas offers serious solitude for spring break.
Solitude, Part 2: The Benefits It Brings, and the Special Strengths of the People Who Enjoy It.
B- sides : Carrie Brownstein on songwriting, the solitude of blogging, first show butterflies.
solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.
Find snow , solitude, and shopping on a fun winter getaway.
One of the benefits of solitude is having uninterrupted time for reflection.
Guide to One Hundred Years of Solitude .
Winter in Door County offers solitude , quiet.
'The Wine of Solitude '.
The most reliable guides of spiritual formation pinpoint solitude and silence as central to the spiritual life.
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In science:

WC stars in binaries are typically X-ray sources, while in solitude they are almost never detected, probably as a result of high opacity of WC winds to softer X-rays (Oskinova et al. 2003; Skinner et al. 2006, 2009).
Red Eyes on Wolf-Rayet Stars: 60 New Discoveries via Infrared Color Selection
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