solitariness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From solitary +‎ -ness.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsɒlɪt(ə)ɹɪnəs/

Noun[edit]

solitariness ‎(countable and uncountable, plural solitarinesses)

  1. The state or quality of being solitary.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essayes, London: Edward Blount, OCLC 946730821, II.8:
      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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