What does solitude mean?
Definitions for solitude
ˈsɒl ɪˌtud, -ˌtyudsoli·tude
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word solitude.
a state of social isolation
the state or situation of being alone
a solitary place
Aloneness; state of being alone or solitary, by oneself.
A lonely or deserted place.
Etymology: From solitude
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: solitude, French; solitudo, Latin.
It had been hard to have put more truth and untruth together, in few words, than in that speech; whosoever is delighted with solitude, is either a wild beast or a god. Francis Bacon.
What call’st thou solitude? Is not the earth
With various living creatures, and the air,
Replenish’d, and all these at thy command
To come, and play before thee? John Milton, Paradise Lost.
Such only can enjoy the country who are capable of thinking when they are there: then they are prepared for solitude, and in that solitude is prepared for them. Dryden.
Solitude is a state of seclusion or isolation, meaning lack of socialisation. Effects can be either positive or negative, depending on the situation. Short-term solitude is often valued as a time when one may work, think, or rest without disturbance. It may be desired for the sake of privacy. Undesirable long-term solitude may stem from soured relationships, loss of loved ones, deliberate choice, infectious disease, mental disorders, neurological disorders such as circadian rhythm sleep disorder, or circumstances of employment or situation. A distinction has been made between solitude and loneliness. In this sense, these two words refer, respectively, to the joy and the pain of being alone.
state of being alone, or withdrawn from society; a lonely life; loneliness
remoteness from society; destitution of company; seclusion; -- said of places; as, the solitude of a wood
solitary or lonely place; a desert or wilderness
Solitude is a state of seclusion or isolation, i.e., lack of contact with people. It may stem from bad relationships, loss of loved ones, deliberate choice, infectious disease, mental disorders, neurological disorders or circumstances of employment or situation. Short-term solitude is often valued as a time when one may work, think or rest without being disturbed. It may be desired for the sake of privacy. A distinction has been made between solitude and loneliness. In this sense, these two words refer, respectively, to the joy and the pain of being alone.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
sol′i-tūd, n. a being alone: a lonely life: want of company: a lonely place or desert. [Fr.,—L. solitudo—solus, alone.]
The Roycroft Dictionary
The only thing that can hold the balance true.
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The numerical value of solitude in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of solitude in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Examples of solitude in a Sentence
Solitude is the sacred space where wisdom speaks loudest, for in the quiet of our own company, we hear the echoes of our truest selves.
In the midst of excitement, grief, joy, and solitude, I remind myself every moment that the sole mission of my life is to find "the ultimate questioner" - that unimaginable who has put me in this madness to answer an unanswerable question.
Education is a companion which no misfortune can depress, no crime can destroy, no enemy can alienate,no despotism can enslave. At home, a friend, abroad, an introduction, in solitude a solace and in society an ornament.It chastens vice, it guides virtue, it gives at once grace and government to genius. Without it, what is man? A splendid slave, a reasoning savage.
A good conscience fears no witness, but a guilty conscience is solicitous even in solitude. If we do nothing but what is honest, let all the world know it. But if otherwise, what does it signify to have nobody else know it, so long as I know it myself? Miserable is he who slights that witness.
When from our better selves we have too long been parted by the hurrying world, and droop. Sick of its business, of its pleasures tired, how gracious, how benign in solitude.
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- yalqızlıq, təklikAzerbaijani
- དབེན་པTibetan Standard
- solitudCatalan, Valencian
- soledad, solitudSpanish
- vienatnība, vienatneLatvian
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