I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from al all + one one Date: 13th century 1. separated from others ; isolated 2. exclusive of anyone or anything else ; only <
she alone knows why
3. a. considered without reference to any other <
the children alone would eat that much
b. incomparable, unique <
alone among their contemporaries in this respect
aloneness noun Synonyms: alone, solitary, lonely, lonesome, lone, forlorn, desolate mean isolated from others. alone stresses the objective fact of being by oneself with slighter notion of emotional involvement than most of the remaining terms <
everyone needs to be alone sometimes
. solitary may indicate isolation as a chosen course <
glorying in the calm of her solitary life
but more often it suggests sadness and a sense of loss <
left solitary by the death of his wife
. lonely adds to solitary a suggestion of longing for companionship <
felt lonely and forsaken
. lonesome heightens the suggestion of sadness and poignancy <
an only child often leads a lonesome life
. lone may replace lonely or lonesome but typically is as objective as alone <
a lone robin pecking at the lawn
. forlorn stresses dejection, woe, and listlessness at separation from one held dear <
a forlorn lost child
. desolate implies inconsolable grief at loss or bereavement <
desolate after her brother's death
. II. adverb Date: 13th century 1. solely, exclusively <
the blame is his alone
2. without aid or support <
said he could do it alone

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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