solicitude

noun so·lic·i·tude \ sə-ˈli-sə-ˌtüd , -ˌtyüd \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of solicitude

1 a : the state of being concerned and anxious
b : attentive care and protectiveness; also : an attitude of earnest concern or attention
  • expressed solicitude for his health
2 : a cause of care or concern usually used in plural

Examples of solicitude in a Sentence

  1. He expressed solicitude for my health.

  2. a growing solicitude over the possible results of the criminal investigation

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First Known Use of solicitude

15th century

Synonym Discussion of solicitude

care, concern, solicitude, anxiety, worry mean a troubled or engrossed state of mind or the thing that causes this. care implies oppression of the mind weighed down by responsibility or disquieted by apprehension.
    • a face worn by years of care
concern implies a troubled state of mind because of personal interest, relation, or affection.
    • crimes caused concern in the neighborhood
solicitude implies great concern and connotes either thoughtful or hovering attentiveness toward another.
    • acted with typical maternal solicitude
anxiety stresses anguished uncertainty or fear of misfortune or failure.
    • plagued by anxiety and self-doubt
worry suggests fretting over matters that may or may not be real cause for anxiety.
    • financial worries

SOLICITUDE Defined for English Language Learners

solicitude

noun

Definition of solicitude for English Language Learners

  • : concern that someone feels about someone's health, happiness, etc.



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