solitude
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, from Latin solitudin-, solitudo, from solus Date: 14th century 1. the quality or state of being alone or remote from society ; seclusion 2. a lonely place (as a desert) Synonyms: solitude, isolation, seclusion mean the state of one who is alone. solitude may imply a condition of being apart from all human beings or of being cut off by wish or circumstances from one's usual associates <
a few quiet hours of solitude
>
. isolation stresses detachment from others often involuntarily <
the isolation of the village in winter
>
. seclusion suggests a shutting away or keeping apart from others often connoting deliberate withdrawal from the world or retirement to a quiet life <
lived in pastoral seclusion
>
.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • solitude — [ sɔlityd ] n. f. • 1393; « état d un lieu désert » 1213; lat. solitudo 1 ♦ Situation d une personne qui est seule, de façon momentanée ou durable. ⇒ isolement. La solitude lui pèse. « La Solitude seule est la source des inspirations. La solitude …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • solitude — Solitude. s. f. Estat d un homme qui est seul, & retiré du commerce du monde. Il aime la solitude. il ne sçauroit souffrir la solitude. Il signifie aussi, Lieu esloigné du commerce, de la veuë, de la frequentation des hommes. Affreuse solitude.… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Solitude — Sol i*tude, n. [F., from L. solitudo, solus alone. See {Sole}, a.] 1. state of being alone, or withdrawn from society; a lonely life; loneliness. [1913 Webster] Whosoever is delighted with solitude is either a wild beast or a god. Bacon. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Solitude — is a state of seclusion or isolation, i.e. lack of contact with people or love. It may stem from bad relationships, deliberate choice, contagious disease, disfiguring features, repulsive personal habits, mental illness, or circumstances of… …   Wikipedia

  • solitude — solitude, isolation, alienation, seclusion mean the state of one that is alone. Solitude applies not only to a physical condition where there are no others of one s kind with whom one can associate {this man [the lighthouse keeper] in his wild… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • solitude — late 14c., from O.Fr. solitude loneliness, from L. solitudinem (nom. solitudo) loneliness, from solus alone (see SOLE (Cf. 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; ...… …   Etymology dictionary

  • solitude — [säl′ə to͞od΄, säl′ətyo͞od΄] n. [ME < MFr < L solitudo < solus, alone, SOLE2] 1. the state of being solitary, or alone; seclusion, isolation, or remoteness 2. a lonely or secluded place solitudinous [säl′əto͞od′ n əs, säl′ətyo͞od′ n əs]… …   English World dictionary

  • Solitude — (fr., spr. Solitühd), 1) Einsamkeit, Einöde; 2) württembergische Domäne u. Lustschloß bei Leonberg, s.d. 4) …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Solitüde — (franz., »Einsamkeit«), öfters Name von Lustschlössern. Besonders bekannt ist die S. bei Stuttgart. 500 m ü. M., 1763–67 von Herzog Karl erbaut und 1770–75 Sitz der durch Schiller berühmt gewordenen Karlsschule (s. d.). Dabei eine Wirtschaft mit… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Solitude — (frz., spr. tühd), Einsamkeit, häufig Name von Lustschlössern …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Solitude — (–tüd), frz., Einsamkeit; Name mehrer Luftschlösser z.B. bei Ludwigsburg, der erste Sitz der Karlsschule, gegenwärtig Sitz eines pietistischen Instituts …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

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