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").