An example of soliloquy is the famous speech by Macbeth that starts with "She should have died hereafter" (V.v.17).
- an act or instance of talking to oneself
- lines in a drama in which a character reveals his or her thoughts to the audience, but not to the other characters, by speaking as if to himself or herself
Origin of soliloquyLate Latin soliloquium from Classical Latin solus, alone, sole + loqui, to speak
- a. A monologue in which a character talks to himself or herself or reveals his or her thoughts when alone or unaware of the presence of other characters.b. A specific speech or piece of writing in this form.
- The act of speaking to oneself.
Origin of soliloquyLate Latin sōliloquium Latin sōlus alone ; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.Latin loquī to speak ; see tolkw- in Indo-European roots.
Primarily used of theater, particularly the works of William Shakespeare, as a term of art, particularly for finely-crafted speeches. An archetype is the “To be or not to be" soliloquy in Hamlet. In informal speech or discussions of popular culture, the term monologue is used instead, generally in a pejorative sense, suggesting that the speaker is a self-centered boor who won't shut up.
(third-person singular simple present soliloquies, present participle soliloquying or soliloquing, simple past and past participle soliloquied)
- (very rare) To issue a soliloquy.
1595-1605; From Late Latin sÅliloquium in the title of St. Augustine's Soliloquiorum libri duo, from sÅlus (“only, sole") + loquor (“I speak").