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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"


The quality or state of being alone:


n (of task) → Einsamkeit f; (of life) → Abgeschiedenheit f
References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
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.
CPEC would definitely be a boon for Pakistan, strengthening it strategically, economically, and enrich it socially but seeing it in solitariness just from Pakistan or China's interests would undermine its importance.
Abbie said she does not like being alone at home while Kate said she could be 'quite solitary ' and believes going out is good for her because it prevents her sliding into solitariness.
Greenfield notes that the solitariness of elegy is often expressed through epithets that begin with an-, notably anhaga.
Whether or not we affirm any of these views, the only "our Hawthorne" that we might agree upon is that he was a fairly dark, brooding sort of fellow, that he was rather shy or private, not given to conviviality, that he was obsessed with matters of guilt and quite severe in his moral judgments, that he inherited his gloom and solitariness and severity from the Puritan tradition of New England, and that, partly owing to all of these traits and influences, he really didn't have much regard for what he frequently termed his "idle" stories.
Wendell Howard in "Silence, Solitariness, and Gregorian Chant" provides both a brief outline of the history of chant in late-medieval and modern monastic establishments and also evaluates how chant itself provides elements of proper inwardness, order, and depth that allow modern people, just as it allowed people in the past, to be properly prepared for the possibility of contemplation.
It was in those three minutes that began the unfolding of Malabon, on the straight stretch of asphalt called Letre, whose solitariness provided a sympathetic setting for the funeral that walked a loved one to one of the town's two graveyards to rest in peace.