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SOL'ITUDE, noun [Latin solitudo; from solus, alone.]

1. Loneliness; a state of being alone; a lonely life. Whoever is delighted with solitude is either a wild beast or a god.

2. Loneliness; remote ness from society; as the solitude of a wood or a valley; the solitude of the country. The solitude of his little parish is become matter of great comfort to him.

3. A lonely place; a desert. In these deep solitudes and awful cells, where heavenly-pensive contemplation dwells.