|1.||a long speech made by one actor in a play, film, etc, esp when alone|
|2.||a dramatic piece for a single performer|
|3.||any long speech by one person, esp when interfering with conversation|
|[C17: via French from Greek monologos speaking alone]|
in literature and drama, an extended speech by one person. The term has several closely related meanings. A dramatic monologue (q.v.) is any speech of some duration addressed by a character to a second person. A soliloquy (q.v.) is a type of monologue in which a character directly addresses an audience or speaks his thoughts aloud while alone or while the other actors keep silent. In fictional literature, an interior monologue (q.v.) is a type of monologue that exhibits the thoughts, feelings, and associations passing through a character's mind.
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