American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Without companions; lone.
- adj. Characterized by aloneness; solitary.
- adj. Unfrequented by people; desolate: a lonely crossroads.
- adj. Dejected by the awareness of being alone. See Synonyms at alone.
- adj. Producing such dejection: the loneliest night of the week.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Unfrequented by men; solitary; desolate: as, a lonely situation.
- Lacking association or companionship; solitary; standing apart physically or mentally.
- Sad or dejected from want of companionship or sympathy; forsaken; forlorn.
- Synonyms Lone, unfrequented, secluded, dreary.
- Lonesome, companionless.
- adj. Of person, unhappy by feelings of loneliness.
- adj. Of place, unfrequented by people; desolate.
- adj. Of person, without companions; solitary.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Sequestered from company or neighbors; solitary; retired.
- adj. Alone, or in want of company; forsaken.
- adj. Not frequented by human beings.
- adj. Having a feeling of depression or sadness resulting from the consciousness of being alone; lonesome.
- adj. devoid of creatures
- adj. lacking companions or companionship
- adj. characterized by or preferring solitude
- adj. marked by dejection from being alone
- From lone + -ly, or from an apheretic shortening of alonely. See lone. (Wiktionary)
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“Telling people to go waste their money on a Bible with the promise of gold-paved streets if they cooporate, and threatening those that don't with eternal and unbearable burning in lonely darkness is ridiculous.”
“I used to indulge in lonely debauches, on nights when I knew my crew was going to sleep ashore.”
“That's the only time I'm lonely, is when I go to 'Frisco.”
“For the mere human need, for the sake of that which to the lonely is very dear, I have thought of marriage, but I remembered and I refused to do violence to myself remembering.”
“Additionally, Ludwig Feuerbach, a German philosopher, has been described as a lonely figure whose loneliness ‘was the product of an unsatisfied intellectual vanity.’”
“With her cool style, flexible and sharp-edged, she shunned sentimentality; her assessments were disconcertingly no-nonsense: “It is seldom safe to confide in lonely people ... better to trust in busy, popular people, who have no time for betraying one and no personal need to do so.””
“The art they create can thereby be rough or polished, face-slappingly blunt or poetically subtle, stridently collectivist or stewed in lonely isolation, writes Ed Halter.”
“Out in lonely east Leicestershire is a lane that leads over to the little village of Owston.”
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