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lonely

[lohn-lee] /ˈloʊn li/
adjective, lonelier, loneliest.
1.
affected with, characterized by, or causing a depressing feeling of being alone; lonesome.
2.
destitute of sympathetic or friendly companionship, intercourse, support, etc.:
a lonely exile.
3.
lone; solitary; without company; companionless.
4.
remote from places of human habitation; desolate; unfrequented; bleak:
a lonely road.
5.
standing apart; isolated:
a lonely tower.
Origin of lonely
1600-1610
1600-10; lone + -ly
Related forms
lonelily, adverb
loneliness, lonelihood, noun
unlonely, adjective
Synonyms
1. See alone. 4. uninhabited, unpopulated. 5. secluded.
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  • It is you who in His loneliness have been robbing Him of the souls that should be His!

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • But into his loneliness and despair the girl had came like a ray of light.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Margaret—her loneliness—the sadness of her life, all haunted him.

    The Bishop of Cottontown John Trotwood Moore
  • To-night—to-night, he is rocking just the same, in silence, in loneliness.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • After they had gone, the loneliness of the situation made itself unpleasantly felt.

British Dictionary definitions for loneliness

lonely

/ˈləʊnlɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
unhappy as a result of being without the companionship of others: a lonely man
2.
causing or resulting from the state of being alone: a lonely existence
3.
isolated, unfrequented, or desolate
4.
without companions; solitary
Derived Forms
loneliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for loneliness
n.

1580s, from lonely + -ness.

lonely

adj.

c.1600, "solitary, lone," from lone + -ly (1). Meaning "dejected for want of company" is from 1811. Lonely heart (n.) "a lonely-hearted person" is from 1922. Lonely hearted (adj.) is attested from 1820.

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