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[suh-lis-i-tood, -tyood] /səˈlɪs ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/
the state of being solicitous; anxiety or concern.
solicitudes, causes of anxiety or care.
an attitude expressing excessive attentiveness:
to show great solicitude about his wife's health.
Origin of solicitude
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin sollicitūdō uneasiness of mind, derivative of sollicitus agitated. See solicit, -tude
Related forms
self-solicitude, noun
1. worry, care, unease, disquietude, apprehension. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for solicitude
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  • The object of her solicitude entered in dressing-gown and slippers.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Master was vexed and anxious—almost angry, and yet full of solicitude.

    To be Read at Dusk Charles Dickens
  • The solicitude of the disciples on this occasion was highly laudable.

  • Meanwhile, the object of their solicitude tossed and burned on his bed of pain.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • Her solicitude was no less manifest when she brought me rats or mice.

    Concerning Cats Helen M. Winslow
  • How little does that husband deserve the solicitude of such a wife!

  • With the solicitude of the typical mother she arranged the windows.

    The Film of Fear Arnold Fredericks
  • Or let a sick man be attended with a like solicitude by both.

    Hiero Xenophon
  • He turned to her, all solicitude and gentleness, to inquire the reason of her outburst.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • Not even his solicitude for old Bill's comfort was overlooked.

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
British Dictionary definitions for solicitude


the state or quality of being solicitous
(often pl) something that causes anxiety or concern
anxiety or concern
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Word Origin and History for solicitude

early 15c., from Middle French solicitude (Modern French sollicitude), and directly from Latin sollicitudinem (nominative solicitudo) "anxiety, uneasiness of mind," noun of state from past participle stem of solicitare (see solicit).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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