soli·tude [solitude solitudes] BrE [ˈsɒlɪtjuːd]
NAmE [ˈsɑːlətuːd]
noun uncountable
the state of being alone, especially when you find this pleasant
Syn: privacy
She longed for peace and solitude.
I returned to the solitude of my room.
He shut himself away to pray in solitude.
Word Origin:
Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin solitudo, from solus ‘alone’.
Example Bank:
She enjoyed a few days of peace in the solitude of the mountains.
to pray in solitude
I need solitude to write.

WordNet Dictionary:
1. a state of social isolation
Syn: purdah
2. the state or situation of being alone
3. a solitary place

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
n.1.state of being alone, or withdrawn from society; a lonely life; loneliness.
Whosoever is delighted with solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
O Solitude! where are the charms
That sages have seen in thy face?
2.Remoteness from society; destitution of company; seclusion; - said of places; as, the solitude of a wood.
The solitude of his little parish is become matter of great comfort to him.
3.solitary or lonely place; a desert or wilderness.
In these deep solitudes and awful cells
Where heavenly pensive contemplation dwells.
O blest retirement, friend to life's decline.
Such only can enjoy the country who are capable of thinking when they are there; then they are prepared for solitude; and in that [the country] solitude is prepared for them.
It is a place of seclusion from the external world.
These evils . . . seem likely to reduce it [a city] ere long to the loneliness and the insignificance of a village.

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