Loneliness and Solitude

Loneliness

Loneliness is a complex and usually unpleasant feeling in which a person feels a strong sense of emptiness and solitude.

loneliness n 1: the state of being alone in solitary isolation [syn: {solitariness}] 2: sadness resulting from being forsaken or abandoned [syn: {forlornness}, {desolation}] 3: a disposition toward being alone [syn: {aloneness}, {lonesomeness}, {solitude}]

20 Moby Thesaurus words for "loneliness": alienation, aloneness, aloofness, celibacy, detachment, isolation, keeping apart, loneness, lonesomeness, moving apart, privacy, seclusion, separateness, sequestration, single blessedness, singleness, solitariness, solitude, splendid isolation, withdrawal

Loneliness \Lone"li*ness\, n. 1. The condition of being lonely; solitude; seclusion. [1913 Webster] 2. The state of being unfrequented by human beings; as, the loneliness of a road. [1913 Webster] 3. Love of retirement; disposition to solitude. [1913 Webster] I see The mystery of your loneliness. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. A feeling of depression resulting from being alone. [1913 Webster] Syn: Solitude; seclusion. See {Solitude}. [1913 Webster]

Solitude

Solitude is a state of seclusion or isolation, i.e., lack of contact with people. It may stem from bad relationships, deliberate choice, infectious disease, mental disorders, neurological disorders or circumstances of employment or situation (see castaway).

solitude n 1: a state of social isolation [syn: {purdah}] 2: a solitary place 3: a disposition toward being alone [syn: {aloneness}, {loneliness}, {lonesomeness}]

26 Moby Thesaurus words for "solitude": alienation, aloneness, aloofness, celibacy, confinement, detachment, emptiness, isolation, keeping apart, loneliness, loneness, lonesomeness, moving apart, privacy, quarantine, remoteness, retirement, seclusion, separateness, sequestration, single blessedness, singleness, solitariness, splendid isolation, wilderness, withdrawal

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 state of being alone, or withdrawn from society; a lonely life; loneliness.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 Webster] O Solitude! where are the charms That sages have seen in thy face? --Cowper. [1913 Webster] 2. Remoteness from society; destitution of company; seclusion; -- said of places; as, the solitude of a wood. [1913 Webster] The solitude of his little parish is become matter of great comfort to him. --Law. [1913 Webster] 3. solitary or lonely place; a desert or wilderness. [1913 Webster] In these deep solitudes and awful cells Where heavenly pensive contemplation dwells. --Pope. [1913 Webster] Syn: Syn. Loneliness; soitariness; loneness; retiredness; recluseness. -- {Solitude}, {Retirement}, {Seclusion}, {Loneliness}. Usage: Retirement is a withdrawal from general society, implying that a person has been engaged in its scenes. Solitude describes the fact that a person is alone; seclusion, that he is shut out from others, usually by his own choice; loneliness, that he feels the pain and oppression of being alone. Hence, retirement is opposed to a gay, active, or public life; solitude, to society; seclusion, to freedom of access on the part of others; and loneliness, enjoyment of that society which the heart demands. [1913 Webster] O blest retirement, friend to life's decline. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] Such only can enjoy the country who are capable of thinking when they are there; then they are prepared for solitude; and in that [the country] solitude is prepared for them. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] It is a place of seclusion from the external world. --Bp. Horsley. [1913 Webster] These evils . . . seem likely to reduce it [a city] ere long to the loneliness and the insignificance of a village. --Eustace. [1913 Webster]

Data Sources:

  • loneliness: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • loneliness: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • loneliness: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • solitude: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • solitude: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • solitude: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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