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1A long speech by one actor in a play or film, or as part of a theatrical or broadcast programme:‘he was reciting some of the great monologues of Shakespeare’‘he had a long and exacting monologue at the end of the film’
soliloquy, speech, address, lecture, oration, sermon, homilydramatic monologue, interior monologuespielView synonyms
- ‘Moore starts the case against Clark in the opening monologue of the film.’
- ‘The play starts off with an actor rehearsing a monologue for an acting competition.’
- ‘In the first of three monologues we meet Andy, parking meter engineer with a very strange family.’
- ‘The best bits of writing here are the monologues that have a truth and emotional sting about them - something much of the play lacks.’
- ‘The actors conceived and workshopped their own monologues, creating a well integrated show despite the diverse subject matter.’
- ‘The lights would rise on each musician as they had their solos, like theatrical monologues, then fade back into the darkness.’
- ‘In a lot of scenes I come on and do these very brief, very tense monologues, and go off, each time to the point of breakdown.’
- ‘Delivering the monologues are six actresses, each portraying a different type of mother.’
- ‘These devices are also used as linking pieces between monologues, and help give the production a unified feel.’
- ‘He does more with an eyebrow and a nod than most actors do with full monologues.’
- ‘Carson would then perform a comic monologue which would end with an imaginary golf swing.’
- ‘I could cut a few monologues, but the parts that don't advance the story are the funniest ones.’
- ‘The acting is not always up to the high musical standard, and at times the monologues are almost inaudible beneath the band's volume.’
- ‘And in early drafts there were long first-person monologues from Jonah's point of view.’
- ‘Weaving history with poetry, music and drama, ten actors each recite an eight-minute monologue.’
- ‘Lindsay also writes several dramatic monologues for cab drivers, gardeners, or barely disguised versions of his working self.’
- ‘It is obviously not a play and, like its predecessor, it is a loosely knit series of monologues on birth and motherhood.’
- ‘I was wondering if you have written anything you feel would be appropriate as a theatrical monologue.’
- ‘This lends a surreal tone to proceedings, especially during Matilda's monologues about herself and family.’
- ‘Aspiring movie stars in this crazy city are already rehearsing his final courtroom speech as an audition monologue.’
- 1.1 A long, tedious speech by one person during a conversation:‘Fred carried on with his monologue as if I hadn't spoken’
- ‘Finished with her tedious monologue, she started dividing us up into work groups.’
- ‘At a meeting to discuss the takeover, he delivered a two-hour monologue: all because some doubting voices were raised over the price being offered.’
- ‘The group discussion had ceased and the whacko had finished his ranting monologue on all the multiple talents of the doctor.’
- ‘Naturally, because I was talking to him in my head, the whole conversation was a monologue, and it was all about me.’
- ‘His evenings were devoted to a small circle of cronies to whom he delivered monologues on any subject that caught his fancy.’
- ‘The brother entered into a monologue, the sort-of conversation that I had had with him a couple of weeks ago.’
- ‘However, I find conversations more interesting than monologues.’
- ‘He can't tell the difference between a conversation and a monologue.’
- ‘Shug has no material prepared, but launches into a rambling monologue about his journey to the class.’
- ‘We were going to see a two-way conversation replace a one-way monologue.’
Mid 17th century: from French, from Greek monologos speaking alone.
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