solitude

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From Middle English solitude, from Old French solitude; synchronically, sole +‎ -itude.

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solitude (countable and uncountable, plural solitudes)

  1. Aloneness; the state of being alone, solitary, or by oneself.
    Synonym: aloneness
    Antonym: intimacy
  2. A lonely or deserted place.
    • 1813, Lord Byron, Bride of Abydos, Canto 2, stanza 20:
      Mark where his carnage and his conquests cease!
      He makes a solitude, and calls it — peace.
    • 1975, Saul Bellow, Avon ed., 1976, editor, Humboldt's Gift, page 193:
      Cranks like Rousseau made solitude glamorous, but sensible people agreed that it was really terrible.

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French[edit]

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From Latin sōlitūdō, corresponding to sōlus (alone) + -tūdō.

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solitude f (plural solitudes)

  1. solitude
    • 1969, Georges Moustaki (lyrics), “Ma solitude”, in Le Métèque, performed by Georges Moustaki:
      Elle m'a suivi çà et là / Aux quatre coins du monde / Non, je ne suis jamais seul / Avec ma solitude
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solitude f (nominative singular solitude)

  1. solitude

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  • English: solitude
  • French: solitude

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Learned borrowing from Latin sōlitūdō, corresponding to sōlus (alone) + -tūdō.

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  • Hyphenation: so‧li‧tu‧de

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solitude f (plural solitudes)

  1. solitude
    Synonym: solidão

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