Definitions

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  • n. The state or quality of being solitary.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Condition of being solitary.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The fact or state of being solitary, or alone, or without mate, partner, or companion, or of dwelling apart from others or by one's self; habitual retirement; solitude.
  • n. The state or character of being retired or unfrequented; solitude; seclusion: as, the solitariness of a wood.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state of being alone in solitary isolation
  • n. a disposition toward being alone

Etymologies

From solitary +‎ -ness. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I may not deny but that there is some profitable meditation, contemplation, and kind of solitariness to be embraced, which the fathers so highly commended, [1562] Hierom, Chrysostom, Cyprian,

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • "L'Allegro"; [13] if he had said "solitariness," it would have been correct.

    Harvard Classics Volume 28 Essays English and American

  • He should have gained the state of solitariness which is a condition of life quite unlike any other.

    The Spirit of Place and Other Essays

  • There is indeed a solitariness which is the condition of an individual soul's being, which no association with others can do away; but there is no reason why we should add to that burden of personality which the

    The Recreations of a Country Parson

  • Lately, I've been thinking a lot about the solitariness that reading can bring into a relationship, and wondering if perhaps it might be rewritten into a different story with a sweeter ending.

    We're Not on the Same Page, but That's OK

  • Although Enos immediately fell in love with her character, the show's dark themes and Linden's solitariness — despite a loving fiancé Callum Keith Rennie and a teenage son — have sometimes been tough.

    The Killing's Mireille Enos: Arresting Beauty

  • “There was a grandeur in everything around, which gave almost a solemnity to the scene: a silence and solitariness which affected everything!

    Richard Henry Dana

  • It was the beginning of a new and distinct social movement among the early Christians (a society which hitherto had been spreading in urban sites) and came to be known from this preference for solitariness (Greek: monachismos) as "monasticism."

    Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D.: The Compelling Spiritual Discipline Of Asceticism

  • Davies fell victim to his old tropes: sexualising the doctor by having him kiss yet another female companion, fetishising him by having Lee Evans as an eccentric boffin kneel at his feet and declare he loved him, and granting him another soliloquy about his cosmic solitariness.

    Doctor Who Smattering of Spoilers

  • To think that a million people would read something written in the solitariness of my room with 28 letters of the alphabet and two fingers as my sole arsenal seems insane.

    Excerpts, Quotes, etc.

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