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Solitude

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Sólitude. n.s. [solitude, French; solitudo, Latin.]

  1. Lonely life; state of being alone.

    It had been hard to have put more truth and untruth together, in few words, than in that speech; whosoever is delighted with solitude, is either a wild beast or a god. Bacon.

    What call'st thou solitude? Is not the earth
    With various living creatures, and the air,
    Replenish'd, and all these at thy command
    To come, and play before thee?
    Milton's Paradise Lost.

    Such only can enjoy the country who are capable of thinking when they are there: then they are prepared for solitude, and in that solitude is prepared for them. Dryden.

  2. A lonely place; a desert.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Dryden, John (788) · Milton, John (449)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Solitude." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: February 10, 2013. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=14732.


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