- solitary tract,
- solitary vireo,
- solitary wasp,
- solitary wave,
Origin of solitude
Examples from the Web for solitude
Perhaps some of that solitude and bitterness found its way into Alec Leamas.The Stacks: How The Berlin Wall Inspired John le Carré’s First Masterpiece|John le Carré|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Dude is at his happiest when he has a few minutes of solitude and rest to get high and listen to whale sounds.Dudes and Maudes Abide at New York City Lebowski Fest|Rich Goldstein|August 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Solitude activates the imagination, and invites introspection.
Gabriel García Márquez, dead at 87, wrote a lot of great fiction, but nothing greater than One Hundred Years of Solitude.
In that first sentence of One Hundred Years of Solitude, there are two mysteries: the firing squad and the ice.
He would consent to leave her;—but, as he thought of it in his solitude, his eyes became moist with regret.The Prime Minister|Anthony Trollope
We parted and went our several ways, leaving the little cloisters to solitude and the ghosts that haunted them.Glories of Spain|Charles W. Wood
Wine, lights, solitude in which to finish our game and a roaring good opportunity to sleep afterwards.Dark Hollow|Anna Katherine Green
He looked anxiously about him as he spoke to make sure that the solitude was still undisturbed.The Duke's Motto|Justin Huntly McCarthy
In the solitude of his legal sanctum, Richard Gilbert, with frowning brow and gloomy eyes, read this blighting epistle.Norine's Revenge; Sir Noel's Heir|May Agnes Fleming
Word Origin for solitude
mid-14c., from Old French solitude "loneliness" (14c.) and directly from Latin solitudinem (nominative solitudo) "loneliness, a being alone; lonely place, desert, wilderness," from solus "alone" (see sole (adj.)). "Not in common use in English until the 17th c." [OED]
A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; ... if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free. [Schopenhauer, "The World as Will and Idea," 1818]
Solitudinarian "recluse, unsocial person" is recorded from 1690s.