so·​lic·​i·​tude | \ sə-ˈli-sə-ˌtüd How to pronounce solicitude (audio) , -ˌtyüd \

Definition of solicitude

1a : 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

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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

Examples of solicitude in a Sentence

He expressed solicitude for my health. a growing solicitude over the possible results of the criminal investigation
Recent Examples on the Web But this international wave of solicitude seems different in important ways, not least because of its context. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 Mar. 2022 That’s especially so in light of the solicitude the regents recently showed to their cadre of half-million-dollar campus chancellors, supposedly doing so poorly in relation to their public university peers. Michael Hiltzikbusiness Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 21 Mar. 2022 Even the special solicitude accorded former presidents does not alter the outcome. Charlie Savage, New York Times, 14 Dec. 2021 Hence the newfound hostility of conservative jurists to Chevron may be seen not as a break from the 1980s, but a continuation of solicitude by conservative jurists for Republican political authority. WSJ, 13 Dec. 2021 Nor has Texas shown much solicitude for the businesses that provide capital to help its economy grow. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 5 Nov. 2021 Not to lord victory over others, but to show solicitude and modesty in triumph. Greg Jackson, Harper's Magazine, 25 May 2021 Along with the martinis (and the solicitude of his wife), his fame, which came young, preserved him like an onion. New York Times, 5 Feb. 2021 The Supreme Court continued its solicitude toward religious freedom in the face of a pandemic Tuesday by giving religious leaders in New Jersey and Colorado another chance to block strict limits on houses of worship. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, 16 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of solicitude

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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5 Apr 2022

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“Solicitude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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