Soliloquy Definition

sə-lĭlə-kwē
soliloquies
noun
soliloquies
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.
Webster's New World
An act or instance of talking to oneself.
Webster's New World
A specific speech or piece of writing in this form.
American Heritage
The definition of a soliloquy is a speech in a drama in which a character tells the audience how he feels by talking to himself.
An example of soliloquy is the famous speech by Macbeth that starts with "She should have died hereafter" (V.v.17).
YourDictionary
verb
(very rare) To issue a soliloquy.
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Other Word Forms of Soliloquy

Noun

Singular:
soliloquy
Plural:
soliloquies

Origin of Soliloquy

  • 1595-1605; From Late Latin sōliloquium in the title of St. Augustine's Soliloquiorum libri duo, from sōlus (“only, sole") + loquor (“I speak").

    From Wiktionary

  • Late Latin sōliloquium Latin sōlus alone s(w)e- in Indo-European roots Latin loquī to speak tolkw- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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