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 Along with the martinis (and the solicitude of his wife), his fame, which came young, preserved him like an onion. New York Times, "Christopher Plummer’s Robust Final Act Crowned a Noble Career," 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, "Supreme Court continues to block state COVID-19 restrictions on religious gatherings," 16 Dec. 2020 The court’s conservative majority is not known for its solicitude toward death-row prisoners, to say the least. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Supreme Court Faces a Matter of Life and Death," 19 Nov. 2020 Without China’s deceit and WHO’s solicitude for Beijing, the outbreak might have been more limited, and the world at the very least would have had more time to react. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Blaming China and WHO Isn’t Scapegoating," 10 Apr. 2020 Likewise, the show’s depiction of a strain of officious bureaucracy that uses an ostentatious form of well-meaning solicitude to mask various forms of self-serving malice occasionally strikes home. Jacob Bacharach, The New Republic, "Watching South Park at the End of the World," 3 Apr. 2020 In some ways, his circumstances seem even less worthy of judicial solicitude than his predecessors’ were. The Economist, "Follow the money The Supreme Court wades into the battle over Donald Trump’s finances," 16 Dec. 2019 Frederick’s solicitude for Agatha puts him on a collision course with his dad. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "Bravo for reviving the play that scandalized Jane Austen’s world," 11 Nov. 2019 Yet there are way too many endearing acts and instances of real solicitude to dismiss him as an irredeemable jerk. Jon Wertheim,, "Mailbag: Can Serena Williams Win the U.S. Open?," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of solicitude

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

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“Solicitude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of solicitude

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

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