- an utterance or discourse by a person who is talking to himself or herself or is disregardful of or oblivious to any hearers present (often used as a device in drama to disclose a character's innermost thoughts): Hamlet's soliloquy begins with “To be or not to be.”
- the act of talking while or as if alone.
Origin of soliloquy
Examples from the Web for soliloquy
After his Green Eggs and Ham soliloquy, sanity left the building and a shutdown was almost inevitable.Ted Cruz Runs Against His Own Government Shutdown
January 30, 2014
Biden launched into a soliloquy in praise of double-barrel shotguns.Joe Biden’s Shotgun Approach to Politics Good for Obama Administration
February 21, 2013
In a tearful statement, he launched into a soliloquy about seeing himself free again playing with children, balloons, and dogs.
And at that point he launched into a soliloquy about seeing himself free again playing with children, balloons, and dogs.
I also read, relatedly, John Galt's soliloquy for the first time in my life the other day.State of Working America
September 11, 2012
The soliloquy and aside are evidently not so frequent in New Comedy.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
The soliloquy, too, is startlingly characteristic of Hamlet.
Is not this the same soul which also in a soliloquy questions fate?
In a soliloquy he declares himself the implacable enemy of Cuzco and the Inca.Apu Ollantay
His soliloquy was cut short by the appearance of Jameson and his friend.
- the act of speaking alone or to oneself, esp as a theatrical device
- a speech in a play that is spoken in soliloquyHamlet's first soliloquy
Word Origin and History for soliloquy
1610s, from Late Latin soliloquium "a talking to oneself," from Latin solus "alone" (see sole (adj.)) + loqui "speak" (see locution). Also used in translation of Latin "Liber Soliloquiorum," a treatise by Augustine, who is said to have coined the word, on analogy of Greek monologia (see monologue). Related: Soliloquent.