solitariness


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sol·i·tar·y

 (sŏl′ĭ-tĕr′ē)
adj.
1. Existing, living, or going without others; alone: a solitary traveler. See Synonyms at alone.
2. Happening, done, or made alone: a solitary evening; solitary pursuits such as reading and sewing.
3. Remote from civilization; secluded: a solitary retreat.
4. Zoology Living alone or in pairs only: solitary wasps; solitary sparrows.
5. Single and set apart from others: a solitary instance of cowardice.
n. pl. sol·i·tar·ies
1. A person who lives alone; a recluse.
2. Solitary confinement.

[Middle English, from Old French solitaire, from Latin sōlitārius, from sōlitās, solitude, from sōlus, alone; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.]

sol′i·tar′i·ly (-târ′ə-lē) adv.
sol′i·tar′i·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.solitariness - the state of being alone in solitary isolationsolitariness - the state of being alone in solitary isolation
isolation - a state of separation between persons or groups
2.solitariness - a disposition toward being alone
friendlessness - being without friends
reclusiveness - a disposition to prefer seclusion or isolation
disposition, temperament - your usual mood; "he has a happy disposition"

solitariness

noun
The quality or state of being alone:
Translations

solitariness

n (of task) → Einsamkeit f; (of life) → Abgeschiedenheit f
References in classic literature ?
Sir Thomas's sending away his son seemed to her so like a parent's care, under the influence of a foreboding of evil to himself, that she could not help feeling dreadful presentiments; and as the long evenings of autumn came on, was so terribly haunted by these ideas, in the sad solitariness of her cottage, as to be obliged to take daily refuge in the dining-room of the Park.
It was painful to look upon their deserted grounds, and still worse to anticipate the new hands they were to fall into; and to escape the solitariness and the melancholy of so altered a village, and be out of the way when Admiral and Mrs Croft first arrived, she had determined to make her own absence from home begin when she must give up Anne.
The journey in itself had no terrors for her; and she began it without either dreading its length or feeling its solitariness.
With Hayward, Philip had disdained humanity in the mass; he adopted the attitude of one who wraps himself in solitariness and watches with disgust the antics of the vulgar; but Clutton and Lawson talked of the multitude with enthusiasm.
It was, I confess, beyond my hope to meet with this rare combination of elements both solid and attractive, adapted to supply aid in graver labors and to cast a charm over vacant hours; and but for the event of my introduction to you (which, let me again say, I trust not to be superficially coincident with foreshadowing needs, but providentially related thereto as stages towards the completion of a life's plan), I should presumably have gone on to the last without any attempt to lighten my solitariness by a matrimonial union.
Blum's selective quotation tempers the wonder and highlights the solitariness.
The first poem deals with solitariness, and is discussed in detail below.
Robinson has created a balladlike story about two lost people who, after years of stoic solitariness, unexpectedly find love--not the sudden, transformative passion of romantic movies and novels but a hard-won trust and tenderness that grow slowly over time.
Of such transactions Keen points to Hardy's journey into solitariness, moving "towards an embrace of nescience (the condition of not knowing) and affirming his monist perspective on the universe's organization" (104).
36) Although Benwick clearly enjoys oral recitation, and Anne, "repeating" verses "to herself" (114), may also be speaking sotto voce, her own solitariness and his residence among companions with "no concern in" literary subjects (129) imply that they are primarily silent readers who indulge their habits alone--the better to hear the words on the page.
Beyond a sense of art's nihilistic solitariness and the over-intellectualisation of art movements, we return to the poetic intimacy of clay vessels and to a grassroots Gulgong experience that had been nurtured.