soliloquy


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so·lil·o·quy

 (sə-lĭl′ə-kwē)
n. pl. so·lil·o·quies
1.
a. A monologue in which a character talks to himself or herself or reveals his or her thoughts when alone or unaware of the presence of other characters.
b. A specific speech or piece of writing in this form.
2. The act of speaking to oneself.

[Late Latin sōliloquium : Latin sōlus, alone; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots + Latin loquī, to speak; see tolkw- in Indo-European roots.]

soliloquy

(səˈlɪləkwɪ)
n, pl -quies
1. (Theatre) the act of speaking alone or to oneself, esp as a theatrical device
2. (Theatre) a speech in a play that is spoken in soliloquy: Hamlet's first soliloquy.
[C17: via Late Latin sōliloquium, from Latin sōlus sole + loquī to speak]
Usage: Soliloquy is sometimes wrongly used where monologue is meant. Both words refer to a long speech by one person, but a monologue can be addressed to other people, whereas in a soliloquy the speaker is always talking to himself or herself

so•lil•o•quy

(səˈlɪl ə kwi)

n., pl. -quies.
1. a speech in a drama in which a character, alone or as if alone, discloses innermost thoughts.
2. the act of talking while or as if alone.
[1595–1605; < Late Latin sōliloquium= Latin sōl(us) only, sole1 + loqu(ī) to speak]

soliloquy

1. the act or custom of talking to oneself or talking when alone.
2. Drama, a speech in which a character reveals his thoughts to the audience but not to other characters in the play. — soliloquist, n.
1. the killing of oneself.
2. a person who has killed himself. — suicidal, adj.
See also: Self
a speech in which a character reveals his thoughts to the audience but not to other characters in the play. — soliloquist, n.
See also: Drama

soliloquy

A speech supposedly unheard by the other actors in which the character confides their innermost thoughts to the audience.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.soliloquy - speech you make to yourselfsoliloquy - speech you make to yourself    
speech communication, spoken communication, spoken language, voice communication, oral communication, speech, language - (language) communication by word of mouth; "his speech was garbled"; "he uttered harsh language"; "he recorded the spoken language of the streets"
2.soliloquy - a (usually long) dramatic speech intended to give the illusion of unspoken reflections
actor's line, words, speech - words making up the dialogue of a play; "the actor forgot his speech"

soliloquy

noun monologue, address, speech, aside, oration, dramatic monologue On stage Hamlet is delivering his soliloquy.
Usage: Although soliloquy and monologue are close in meaning, you should take care when using one as a synonym of the other. Both words refer to a long speech by one person, but a monologue can be addressed to other people, whereas in a soliloquy the speaker is always talking to himself or herself.
Translations
einræðaeinræða persónueintal
独り言独白

soliloquy

[səˈlɪləkwɪ] Nsoliloquio m

soliloquy

[səˈlɪləkwi] nsoliloque m

soliloquy

nMonolog m (also Theat), → Zwiegespräch ntmit sich selbst

soliloquy

[səˈlɪləkwɪ] nsoliloquio
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She did not answer, but went on, in a tone which was a soliloquy rather than an exclamation, and a dirge rather than a soliloquy.
I'll answer by doing the Highland fling or the sailor's hornpipe; and you -- well, let me see -- oh, I've got it -- you can do Hamlet's soliloquy.
Slowly and clumsily, with constant interruptions and interminable mistakes, the first act dragged on, until Lucy appeared again to end it in soliloquy, with the confession of her assumed simplicity and the praise of her own cunning.
A man's soliloquy, and, worse still, a murdering man's soliloquy, recited by one of Miss Ladd's young ladies, before an audience of parents and guardians
He interrupted his earnest mental soliloquy with a jocular thought at his own expense.
The Countess now occupies the stage alone, and indulges in a soliloquy which develops her character.
There was a muttered exclamation which ended this inward soliloquy, as Stephen threw away the end of his last cigar, and thrusting his hands into his pockets, stalked along at a quieter pace through the shrubbery.
It was the woman Cassy, who had stolen upon his soliloquy.
I hope there ain't, but I can't make so 'Nation sure of that," said the guard, in gruff soliloquy.
He is the very image of his father," continued the latter, in his secret soliloquy, "he is at once proud, avaricious, and timid.
At length, Jones, being weary of soliloquy, addressed himself to his companion, and blamed him for his taciturnity; for which the poor man very honestly accounted, from his fear of giving offence.
Yielding to his powerful interest in the subject, and impatient of a delay that seemed fraught with so much additional danger, Heyward drew still nigher to the dusky group, with an intention of making his offers of compensation more definite, when the white man, motioning with his hand, as if he conceded the disputed point, turned away, saying in a sort of soliloquy, and in the English tongue: