Soliloquy meaning

sə-lĭlə-kwē
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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).

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The act of speaking to oneself.
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An act or instance of talking to oneself.
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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.
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(drama) The act of a character speaking to themselves so as to reveal their thoughts to the audience.

At the end of the second act the main villain gave a soliloquy detailing his plans to attack the protagonist.

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A speech or written discourse in this form.
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(very rare) To issue a soliloquy.
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Origin of soliloquy

  • 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

  • 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