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lonely

[lohn-lee] /ˈloʊn li/
adjective, lonelier, loneliest.
1.
affected with, characterized by, or causing a depressing feeling of being alone; lonesome.
2.
destitute of sympathetic or friendly companionship, intercourse, support, etc.:
a lonely exile.
3.
lone; solitary; without company; companionless.
4.
remote from places of human habitation; desolate; unfrequented; bleak:
a lonely road.
5.
standing apart; isolated:
a lonely tower.
Origin of lonely
1600-1610
1600-10; lone + -ly
Related forms
lonelily, adverb
loneliness, lonelihood, noun
unlonely, adjective
Synonyms
1. See alone. 4. uninhabited, unpopulated. 5. secluded.
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  • I must seek a lonelier waste in which I may be alone—quite alone with my God and myself.

    Homo Sum, Complete Georg Ebers
  • Summer was over, and the Glimmerglass was lonelier than ever.

    Forest Neighbors William Davenport Hulbert
  • She leaned over me as if I had been a lonely child and she a lonelier woman.

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  • There is probably no lonelier man in the parish than the constable.

    Change in the Village (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
  • The raven is found in the lonelier glens, and is often tamed.

    The Story of the Hills H. N. Hutchinson
  • The signs of Christmas preparation and the sounds of Christmas cheer but made him lonelier.

    The Christmas Peace Thomas Nelson Page
  • Always he sought the lonelier places, shepherd's or camel herder's camps and the smallest villages.

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British Dictionary definitions for lonelier

lonely

/ˈləʊnlɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
unhappy as a result of being without the companionship of others: a lonely man
2.
causing or resulting from the state of being alone: a lonely existence
3.
isolated, unfrequented, or desolate
4.
without companions; solitary
Derived Forms
loneliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lonelier

lonely

adj.

c.1600, "solitary, lone," from lone + -ly (1). Meaning "dejected for want of company" is from 1811. Lonely heart (n.) "a lonely-hearted person" is from 1922. Lonely hearted (adj.) is attested from 1820.

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