Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being single or alone; seclusion; solitariness.

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

  • noun obsolete Solitude; seclusion.

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

  • noun The state of being alone; loneliness, solitariness.

Etymologies

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From lone +‎ -ness.

Examples

  • It’s more aggressive in nature and the drums rock out a lot more, yet the loneness is still there.

    Halloween Scores & Soundtracks: Phantasm

  •  Something reminded me of this recently when I read Tao Lin's passages from a recent book and could see how transparent and innocent and unaffected and mad the voice was — it's not that he's a lousy writer at all but the loneness of the composition and the ambition of the project that created it.

    Hoss Men (divided)

  • Out of the loneness came a longing, out of the longing came a vision, Out of the dream there came a planning, out of the plan there came decision: Jordan's hand was lifted and the Ship was born.

    Destiny Narrowly Avoided

  • Good then that each gets some of that one on one with an adult but bad that the adult doesn't get that moment of loneness we all need.

    What I cooked last night.

  • And in this new loneness of his that had been selected for what greatness he might achieve, beauty must be relative or, itself a harmony, it would make only a discord.

    This Side of Paradise

  • He had become too proud of walking singular, of his oneness, his loneness.

    Cold Mountain

  • He had become too proud of walking singular, of his oneness, his loneness.

    Cold Mountain

  • Silence everywhere and that precious feeling of loneness.

    The Vatican Rip

  • Out of the loneness came a longing, out of the longing came a vision, Out of the dream there came a planning, out of the plan there came decision: Jordan's hand was lifted and the Ship was born.

    Science Fiction Hall of Fame

  • In keeping with the whole sad story seemed the gloom of the forest, the loneness of the marsh, and the surge of the waves upon the desolate shore.

    Virginia: the Old Dominion

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