solitariness

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From solitary +‎ -ness.

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solitariness (countable and uncountable, plural solitarinesses)

  1. The state or quality of being solitary.
    • 1603, John Florio, transl.; Michel de Montaigne, chapter 8, in The Essayes, [], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount [], OCLC 946730821:
      I saw a Deane of S. Hillarie of Poictiers, reduced by reason and the incommoditie of his melancholy to such a continuall solitarinesse, that when I entered into his chamber he had never removed one step out of it in two and twenty yeares before [].
    • Bishop Joseph Hall
      So much as doing good is better than not doing evil, will I account Christian good fellowship better than an eremitish and melancholy solitariness.

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