Share this entry

Share this page

loneliness

Syllabification: lone·li·ness
Pronunciation: /ˈlōnlēnəs
 
/

Definition of loneliness in English:

noun

1Sadness because one has no friends or company: feelings of depression and loneliness
More example sentences
  • Indeed, being alone in a crowd can give us a profound sense of loneliness.
  • Soon I realized I was using his energy to fill the loneliness I felt.
  • He wept for his cousin, he wept for his loneliness, and most of all he wept for the only woman he could ever love.
1.1The fact of being without companions; solitariness: the loneliness of a sailor’s life
More example sentences
  • Loneliness has rarely sounded so celebratory or inviting.
  • I like the loneliness of it, because there's not so many people you have to deal with.
  • Studies have shown that loneliness can contribute to poor health and illness.
2(Of a place) the quality of being unfrequented and remote; isolation: the loneliness of the farm
More example sentences
  • That's not the wind you hear; it's the loneliness of the empty farmyards.

Definition of loneliness in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day raconteur
Pronunciation: ˌrakɒnˈtəː
noun
a person who tells anecdotes skilfully and amusingly…