Definition of Loneliness

1. Noun. The state of being alone in solitary isolation.

Exact synonyms: Solitariness
Generic synonyms: Isolation
Derivative terms: Lonely, Solitary, Solitary



2. Noun. Sadness resulting from being forsaken or abandoned.
Exact synonyms: Desolation, Forlornness
Generic synonyms: Sadness, Unhappiness
Derivative terms: Desolate, Lonely

3. Noun. A disposition toward being alone.
Exact synonyms: Aloneness, Lonesomeness, Solitariness
Specialized synonyms: Friendlessness, Reclusiveness
Generic synonyms: Disposition, Temperament
Derivative terms: Alone, Alone, Lonely, Lonesome, Solitary

Definition of Loneliness

1. n. The condition of being lonely; solitude; seclusion.

Definition of Loneliness

1. Noun. A feeling of depression resulting from being alone. ¹

2. Noun. The condition of being lonely; solitude; seclusion. ¹

3. Noun. The state of being unfrequented. ¹

4. Noun. (obsolete) Love of retirement; disposition to solitude. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Loneliness

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Medical Definition of Loneliness

1. The state of feeling sad or dejected as a result of lack of companionship or being separated from others. (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Loneliness

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Literary usage of Loneliness

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1. The Christian Science Journal by Mary Baker Eddy (1912)
"Solitude describes the fact that a person is alone, while loneliness expresses ... loneliness, on the contrary, indicates the want and wo of self-love and ..."

2. In this Our World by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1898)
"THERE is no deeper grief than loneliness. Our sharpest anguish at the death of friends Is ... Our agony of heart When love has gone from us is loneliness. ..."

3. My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass (1855)
"... TO FREEDOM A WANDERER IN NEW YORK FEELINGS ON REACHING THAT CITY AN OLD ACQUAINTANCE MET UNFAVORABLE IMPRESSIONS loneliness AND INSECURITY APOLOGY >'OR ..."

4. Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum (1901)
"... Off Sable Island in a fog—In the open sea — The man in the moon takes an interest in the voyage — The first fit of loneliness — The Spray encounters La ..."

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