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, generally in a pejorative sense, suggesting that the speaker is a self-centered boor who won’t shut up.
- (speech or written discourse): monologue
- (very rare) To issue a soliloquy.
- soliloquize (much more common)