- the state of being or living alone; seclusion: to enjoy one's solitude.
- remoteness from habitations, as of a place; absence of human activity: the solitude of the mountains.
- a lonely, unfrequented place: a solitude in the mountains.
Origin of solitude
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Related Wordsisolation, loneliness, emptiness, seclusion, silence, retirement, wilderness, privacy, confinement, wasteland, detachment, withdrawal, solitariness, quarantine, separateness, waste, desert, lonesomeness, loneness
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
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
August 25, 2014
Solitude activates the imagination, and invites introspection.Pulling the Plug on English Departments
July 28, 2014
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.
I crave for the balm of Nature, the anodyne of solitude, the breath of Mother Earth.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
In a forest, solitude would be life; in a city, it is death.The New Adam and Eve (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
It was musical,—but how should there be such music in my solitude?Footprints on the Sea-Shore (From "Twice Told Tales")
She did not wish to be unkind, but her one absorbing idea at this moment was of solitude.The Dream
How would she stand her solitude—absolutely alone in that house?The Secret Agent
- the state of being solitary or secluded
- poetic a solitary place
Word Origin and History 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.