[suh-lis-i-tood, -tyood]


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

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin sollicitūdō uneasiness of mind, derivative of sollicitus agitated. See solicit, -tude
Related formsself-so·lic·i·tude, noun

Synonyms for solicitude Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for solicitude

Historical Examples of solicitude

  • 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.

  • Her solicitude was no less manifest when she brought me rats or mice.

    Concerning Cats

    Helen M. Winslow

British Dictionary definitions for solicitude



the state or quality of being solicitous
(often plural) 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).

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