soliloquy (plural soliloquies)
- (drama) The act of a character speaking to themselves so as to reveal their thoughts to the audience.
- At the end of the second act the main villain gave a soliloquy detailing his plans to attack the protagonist.
- A speech or written discourse in this form.
Primarily used of theater, particularly the works of William Shakespeare, as a term of art, particularly for finely-crafted speeches. An archetype is the “To be or not to be” soliloquy in Hamlet. In informal speech or discussions of popular culture, the term monologue is used instead.
- (speech or written discourse): monologue
- (very rare) To issue a soliloquy.
- soliloquize (much more common)