solitude

[ sol-i-tood, -tyood ]SEE DEFINITION OF solitude
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I crave for the balm of Nature, the anodyne of solitude, the breath of Mother Earth.

In a forest, solitude would be life; in a city, it is death.

It was musical,—but how should there be such music in my solitude?

She did not wish to be unkind, but her one absorbing idea at this moment was of solitude.

How would she stand her solitude—absolutely alone in that house?

The solitude of the scene around is astonishing to English eyes.

Now solitude and silence are worse for me than poppy and mandragora.

In the solitude of his cell, the angel of patience had been with him.

Now that her moment of solitude had struck, grief came also.

At the first, there is but one help, but one healing; and that is solitude.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., from Old French solitude "loneliness" (14c.) and directly from Latin solitudinem (nominative solitudo) "loneliness, a being alone; lonely place, desert, wilderness," from solus "alone" (see sole (adj.)). "Not in common use in English until the 17th c." [OED]

Solitudinarian "recluse, unsocial person" is recorded from 1690s.

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