Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The condition of being lonely; solitariness; want of society or human interest: as, the loneliness of a hermit's cave.
  • noun The sense of being alone or lonely; dejection from want of companionship or sympathy; forlornness.
  • noun Love of retirement; preference for solitude.
  • noun Synonyms Lonesomeness, Retirement, etc. See solitude.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The condition of being lonely; solitude; seclusion.
  • noun The state of being unfrequented by human beings.
  • noun Love of retirement; disposition to solitude.
  • noun A feeling of depression resulting from being alone.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A feeling of depression resulting from being alone.
  • noun The condition or state of being lonely; solitude; seclusion.
  • noun The state of being unfrequented.
  • noun obsolete Love of retirement; disposition to solitude.

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

  • noun sadness resulting from being forsaken or abandoned
  • noun a disposition toward being alone
  • noun the state of being alone in solitary isolation

Etymologies

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lonely +‎ -ness

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