soliloquy

[ suh-lil-uh-kwee ]
/ səˈlɪl ə kwi /

noun, plural so·lil·o·quies.

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

1595–1605; < Late Latin sōliloquium a talking to oneself, soliloquy, equivalent to sōli- soli-1 + loqu(ī) to speak + -ium -ium; see -y3
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soliloquy

/ (səˈlɪləkwɪ) /

noun plural -quies

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 for soliloquy

C17: via Late Latin sōliloquium, from Latin sōlus sole + loquī to speak

usage

Soliloquy is sometimes wrongly used where monologue is meant. Both words refer to a long speech by one person, but a monologue can be addressed to other people, whereas in a soliloquy the speaker is always talking to himself or herself
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