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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A writer needs solitude yet not too much of it.
▪ My activist soul once welcomed the stuffed mailbox and ringing phone as opportunities, despite my writerly need for solitude.
▪ I needed solitude - so where better to find it than my island?
▪ I find it wise to let people know that I am writing, that I need solitude.
▪ Ella loved the quiet solitude of her weekends.
▪ He spent his free time in solitude, reading or walking in the hills.
▪ I need solitude in order to paint my pictures.
▪ How strange to emerge from my solitude.
▪ It was the solitude growing around me, growing under me: this I couldn't take.
▪ Kitty stood against the back wall, stony, her face blotchy from tears wept in solitude.
▪ Nor did he enjoy the mass, the open aggression of it, being so used to solitude, to hidden deceits.
▪ We have in prospect eight months of solitude, clinging to the edge of the world's coldest, remotest continent.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Solitude \Sol"i*tude\, n. [F., from L. solitudo, solus alone. See Sole, a.]

  1. state of being alone, or withdrawn from society; a lonely life; loneliness.

    Whosoever is delighted with solitude is either a wild beast or a god.

    O Solitude! where are the charms That sages have seen in thy face?

  2. Remoteness from society; destitution of company; seclusion; -- said of places; as, the solitude of a wood.

    The solitude of his little parish is become matter of great comfort to him.

  3. solitary or lonely place; a desert or wilderness.

    In these deep solitudes and awful cells Where heavenly pensive contemplation dwells.

    Syn: Syn. Loneliness; soitariness; loneness; retiredness; recluseness. -- Solitude, Retirement, Seclusion, Loneliness.

    Usage: Retirement is a withdrawal from general society, implying that a person has been engaged in its scenes. Solitude describes the fact that a person is alone; seclusion, that he is shut out from others, usually by his own choice; loneliness, that he feels the pain and oppression of being alone. Hence, retirement is opposed to a gay, active, or public life; solitude, to society; seclusion, to freedom of access on the part of others; and loneliness, enjoyment of that society which the heart demands.

    O blest retirement, friend to life's decline.

    Such only can enjoy the country who are capable of thinking when they are there; then they are prepared for solitude; and in that [the country] solitude is prepared for them.

    It is a place of seclusion from the external world.
    --Bp. Horsley.

    These evils . . . seem likely to reduce it [a city] ere long to the loneliness and the insignificance of a village.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-14c., from Old French solitude "loneliness" (14c.) and directly from Latin solitudinem (nominative solitudo) "loneliness, a being alone; lonely place, desert, wilderness," from solus "alone" (see sole (adj.)). "Not in common use in English until the 17th c." [OED]\nA man can be himself only so long as he is alone; ... if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free. [Schopenhauer, "The World as Will and Idea," 1818]\nSolitudinarian "recluse, unsocial person" is recorded from 1690s.


n. 1 aloneness; state of being alone or solitary, by oneself. 2 A lonely or deserted place.

  1. n. a state of social isolation [syn: purdah]

  2. a solitary place

  3. a disposition toward being alone [syn: aloneness, loneliness, lonesomeness]


Solitude is a state of seclusion or isolation, i.e., lack of contact with people. It may stem from bad relationships, loss of loved ones, deliberate choice, infectious disease, mental disorders, neurological disorders or circumstances of employment or situation (see castaway).

Short-term solitude is often valued as a time when one may work, think or rest without being disturbed. It may be desired for the sake of privacy.

A distinction has been made between solitude and loneliness. In this sense, these two words refer, respectively, to the joy and the pain of being alone.

Solitude (disambiguation)

Solitude is a state of personal isolation from others. It may also refer to:

Solitude (album)

Solitude is a US compilation album by The The consisting of the two UK EPs 'Disinfected' and 'Shades Of Blue'. In addition a remix of 'The Violence Of Truth' from a limited edition version of the 'Dogs Of Lust' single is included.

(In My) Solitude

"(In My) Solitude" is a 1934 jazz standard, composed by Duke Ellington, with lyrics by Eddie DeLange and Irving Mills.

Solitude (band)

Solitude is a metalcore band hailing from Värnamo, Sweden. Formed in 2006 by Dennis Warelius, William Turner and Patrik Larsson. The band has released two EPs and one full-length album, all of them were recorded in Fredrik Nordströms legendary Studio Fredman, produced by well-known heavy metal producer Henrik Udd, who has worked with previous bands such as Dark Tranquility, The Haunted, Dimmu Borgir, Bring Me The Horizon etc. Their latest EP was named A World Inside My Mind and was released in October, 2013.

Solitude (Billie Holiday album)
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Solitude (football ground)

Solitude is a football stadium in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It is the oldest football stadium in Ireland, and the home ground of Ireland's oldest football club, Cliftonville. The stadium holds 6,224, but is currently restricted to 2,530 under safety legislation. The stadium was built in 1890. Since 2010 Crumlin Star of the Northern Amateur Football League have also played their home games at the ground. However they moved the Cliff in Larne for the 2013-14 season.

The stadium has undergone several renovations. In 2002, a new stand was built at one end of the ground to house visiting supporters, and in 2008, a new stand was completed behind the goal at the east end of the ground. A synthetic 3G pitch was installed to replace the previous grass surface in 2010.

Solitude (Blacksburg, Virginia)

Solitude is a historic home located on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute at Blacksburg, Montgomery County, Virginia. The earliest section was built about 1808, and expanded through the mid-19th century. It is a two-story, "L"-shaped, five bay, log and frame dwelling with a hipped roof. Also on the property are the contributing stone spring house with log superstructure and log kitchen or office. In 1872, the Solitude land became the central campus of Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College, and the house, after the death of its owner in the following decade, was used for faculty housing until the 1970s, when it became a classroom and office facility. The house is situated in a landscaped park adjacent to the central campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.

After Solitude's listing on NRHP, decade-long research and archaeology commenced to further study the main house, property, and overall site to extrapolate further historical information and evaluate what would be needed to restore the house and outbuildings. These efforts culminated in a 2000 Master's thesis by Michael Pulice, a then-Master's of Science candidate in Virginia Tech's Architecture Department, now the chief architectural historian for the Western Regional office (Salem, VA) of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Pulice concluded in his thesis that the remaining log outbuilding, long believed to be either a doctor's office or kitchen, is a surviving slave cabin and servants quarters.

Solitude (Supergirl)

"Solitude" is the fifteenth episode in the first season of the CBS television series Supergirl, which aired on February 29, 2016. The episode's teleplay was written by Anna Musky-Goldwyn and James DeWille, from a story by Rachek Shukert, and directed by Dermott Downs. The episode is named for the Superman's Fortress of Solitude in comic books and related television and film series.

Solitude (Bazovský)

Solitude (Slovak: Samota) is a painting by Miloš Alexander Bazovský from 1957.

Solitude (Candlemass song)

"Solitude" is a song by the Swedish doom metal band Candlemass. It is the opening track on the band's debut studio album, Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, released in June 1986. It is one of the band's signature songs, and has been a feature of all the band's live setlists since the release of the album.

Usage examples of "solitude".

Valery, profondement afflige, sortit a son tour de ce port salutaire devenu un pernicieux ecueil, et il resolut de vivre dans la solitude, loin des mechants.

Yet the fellow-citizens of Procopius were satisfied, by some short and partial experience, that the infection could not be gained by the closest conversation: and this persuasion might support the assiduity of friends or physicians in the care of the sick, whom inhuman prudence would have condemned to solitude and despair.

It is social, yet not averse to solitude, singing often in groups, and as often by itself in the furze brake, or on the briery knoll.

Yes, solitude, until a hundred or a thousand years have passed and he returns to become the Lord Horologe once again.

In the great bird country of the north-eastern littoral of England, about Holy Island and the basaltic rocks, the shadows of the high birds are the movement and the pulse of the solitude.

It was on this fatal spot, that, instead of finding a confederate fleet to second their operations, they were alarmed by the approach of Amurath himself, who had issued from his Magnesian solitude, and transported the forces of Asia to the defence of Europe.

They had hated him before he came, hated him while he was there, hated him after he left, carried their hatred for him away malignantly like some pampered treasure after they separated from each other and went to their solitude.

Naturally melancholy and thoughtful, feeding the sensibilities of his heart upon fiction, and though addicted to the cultivation of reason rather than fancy, having perhaps more of the deeper and acuter characteristics of the poet than those calm and half-callous properties of nature supposed to belong to the metaphysician and the calculating moralist, Mordaunt was above all men fondly addicted to solitude, and inclined to contemplations less useful than profound.

But the muskeg pond, set deep within the trees, was a place of solitude.

That mustily fragrant place was his favourite retreat when solitude seemed urgent.

The state of suspense, as to his safety, to which she believed herself condemned, till she should return to La Vallee, appeared insupportable, and, in such moments, she could not even struggle to assume the composure, that had left her mind, but would often abruptly quit the company she was with, and endeavour to sooth her spirits in the deep solitudes of the woods, that overbrowed the shore.

There, in the solitude afforded him by the perilousness of his surroundings, he contemplated the path he had walked so far, the place he stood now, and the journey that still lay before him.

A week later, when the sun again showed itself, and Claude extolled the solitude of the quays round the Isle Saint Louis, Christine consented to take a walk.

I also knew I would find a rationalization, but it was too far from my reach as I prepared myself for a week of solitude.

Three hundred of your blood and bone are recompacted with the native earth: we gave a tongue to solitude, a pulse to the desert, the barren earth received us and gave back our agony: we made the earth cry out.