noun (plural soliloquies)
1An act of speaking one’s thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers, especially by a character in a play.
- His scenes play more as brief soliloquies; the characters voicing unspoken thoughts and memories, repeating phrases and exchanging salvos of opaque dialogue.
- Typically, viewers gain this knowledge through one character's asides or soliloquies of which other characters are unaware or through the use of a chorus commenting on events.
- Rome communicates his internal dialogue through improvised soliloquies which combine Shakespeare's language with street lingo and gesticulations.
monologue, speech, address, lecture, oration, sermon, homily, aside
1.1A part of a play involving a soliloquy.
- The dissembling and physically deformed Richard, duke of Gloucester, reveals his true purpose in the opening soliloquy of Richard III.
- Example sentences
- That narrative voice begins to speak again after the direct speech of the soliloquist has concluded.
- Louis, one of the six precious soliloquists in Virginia Woolf's novel The Waves, is mortified because - as he keeps on dolefully repeating - his father is ‘a banker in Brisbane’.
- Latent poets, shy soliloquists, timid town speakers, and reputable recitationists, you are hereby called to the fore to read the particular, popular and prophetic prose of one of Robbie Burns.
- Example sentences
- On it, follies are played out on the topmost level, with anguished lovers soliloquizing on the middle level and earthy courtships and pranks played out on terra firma.
- ‘Ever till now,’ he soliloquizes, ‘When men were fond, I smiled and wondered how.’
- For an hour and a half, a writer soliloquizes, invades the space, before letting himself be invaded by the music and trying to escape from the performance.
Middle English: from late Latin soliloquium, from Latin solus 'alone' + loqui 'speak'.
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