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Definition of Solitary


  1. Living or being by one's self; having no companion present; being without associates; single; alone; lonely.
  2. Performed, passed, or endured alone; as, a solitary journey; a solitary life.
  3. ot much visited or frequented remote from society; retired; lonely; as, a solitary residence or place.
  4. Not inhabited or occupied; without signs of inhabitants or occupation; desolate; deserted; silent; still; hence, gloomy; dismal; as, the solitary desert.
  5. Single; individual; sole; as, a solitary instance of vengeance; a solitary example.
  6. Not associated with others of the same kind.
  7. One who lives alone, or in solitude; an anchoret; a hermit; a recluse.

Solitary Quotations

We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict.
Jim Morrison

Greatness lies, not in being strong, but in the right using of strength; and strength is not used rightly when it serves only to carry a man above his fellows for his own solitary glory. He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.
Henry Ward Beecher

It's an interesting combination: Having a great fear of being alone, and having a desperate need for solitude and the solitary experience. That's always been a tug of war for me.
Jodie Foster

Runners exalt the marathon as a public test of private will, when months or years of solitary training, early mornings, lost weekends, rain and pain mature into triumph or surrender. That's one reason the race-day crowds matter, the friends who come to cheer and stomp and flap their signs and push the runners on.
Nancy Gibbs

It is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult; that something is difficult must be a reason the more for us to do it.
Rainer Maria Rilke
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Solitary Translations

solitary in Afrikaans is eensaam, alleen, enigste
solitary in Danish is alene
solitary in Dutch is enkel, bloot, louter
solitary in Finnish is yksin
solitary in Italian is singolo, solo
solitary in Norwegian is alene
solitary in Swedish is enslig
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