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solitude Line breaks: soli|tude
Pronunciation: /ˈsɒlɪtjuːd/

Definition of solitude in English:


1 [mass noun] The state or situation of being alone: she savoured her few hours of freedom and solitude
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  • It tells us that God is, in a sense, a community of persons, not a solitary living in solitude, alone and distant.
  • As increasing numbers of people choose to live or work alone, solitude is often celebrated in 2001.
  • As someone whose self reposes on a great slab of solitude, such a situation would drive me nuts.
loneliness, solitariness, remoteness, isolation, seclusion, retirement, withdrawal, purdah, privacy, privateness, peace, peace and quiet, desolation;
North American  lonesomeness
2A lonely or uninhabited place: the battle to preserve beloved solitudes flared up all over the country
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  • It is still a disparate monstrosity, full of solitudes & barrens & wilds.
  • There are still, as on the first days of creation, rivers whose founts never run dry, green and watery solitudes, and limitless fields never yet turned by the ploughshare.
  • In these eight chapters we are shown that Bristol and its hinterland existed as two solitudes - wary of one another and keeping each other at arm's length.
wilderness, undisturbed area, unspoilt area, rural area, wilds, backwoods, the back of beyond;
desert, emptiness, wasteland, no-man's-land;
in Australia the bush, the outback;
North American & Australian/New Zealand  backcountry;
South African  the backveld
informal the sticks, the middle of nowhere
North American informal the boondocks
archaic retirement


Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin solitudo, from solus 'alone'.

Words that rhyme with solitude

plenitude • finitude
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