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[suh-lis-i-tood, -tyood]
  1. the state of being solicitous; anxiety or concern.
  2. solicitudes, causes of anxiety or care.
  3. an attitude expressing excessive attentiveness: to show great solicitude about his wife's health.
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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

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Examples from the Web for solicitudes

Historical Examples of solicitudes

  • And yet, the minute came when she cast aside all solicitudes and hesitations.

    The Letter of the Contract

    Basil King

  • You will understand me, my dear sir, and all my solicitudes and apprehensions.

    The Poet at the Breakfast Table

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • Amidst all present solicitudes, the future cannot be doubtful.

  • He is carried on by his own solicitudes and his own eagerness.

    Mr. Scarborough's Family

    Anthony Trollope

  • Then the hearts of the great are corroded by cares and solicitudes which never visit the humble.


    William Ware

British Dictionary definitions for solicitudes


  1. the state or quality of being solicitous
  2. (often plural) something that causes anxiety or concern
  3. anxiety or concern
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Word Origin and History for solicitudes



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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