Definition of solitude
1 : the quality or state of being alone or remote from society : seclusion
2 : a lonely place (such as a desert)
Examples of solitude in a Sentence
She wished to work on her novel in solitude.
He enjoyed the peace and solitude of the woods.
Recent Examples of solitude from the Web
The mental solitude and internal dialogues could be very damaging without having an ear to scream into.
A convergence of computer hackers and traditional artisans, the niche is established enough to have its own magazine, Make, as well as hands-on Maker Faires that are catnip for DIYers who used to toil in solitude.
The works from this period are threaded together by themes of solitude and invisibility associated with black womanhood.
But his clichéd life is rendered in clichés; his feral survivalism and his extended solitude are grossly oversimplified and underimagined.
Ms. Gowins-Sowells was crumbling in solitude in her bedroom, lost in herself.
(Maybe the true fortress of solitude is … his heart.)
Nearly every image of Coretta Scott King since her husband’s death has seemed suffused with preternatural stillness, her face fixed with the brave solitude of timeless interior bereavement.
The dual portrait of mother and daughter, of lives unmoored, by accident or by design, bares the solitude and the mourning implicit in Akerman’s do-it-yourself style.
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Origin and Etymology of solitude
Middle English, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, from Latin solitudin-, solitudo, from solus
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of solitude
SOLITUDE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of solitude for English Language Learners
: a state or situation in which you are alone usually because you want to be
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