Definition of loneliness in English:

loneliness

noun

  • 1Sadness because one has no friends or company.

    ‘feelings of depression and loneliness’
    • ‘Does the applicant act out of an aching loneliness, out of a need to have and control a source of love and affectional response?’
    • ‘Indeed, being alone in a crowd can give us a profound sense of loneliness.’
    • ‘But none of these figures can begin to communicate the loneliness so many survivors feel, even when surrounded by thousands of others just like them.’
    • ‘Hopefully my loneliness hasn't permeated my writing and bummed you all out.’
    • ‘Helping to ease the sense of isolation or loneliness, talk therapy focuses on revising the negative thoughts and feelings associated with depression.’
    • ‘That sense of emptiness also can be experienced as loneliness or depression, two other top triggers for your overeating.’
    • ‘Females who were taught not to trust strangers consistently experienced greater fear of intimacy and more loneliness than did those who were not trained to distrust strangers.’
    • ‘She was very happy of course, but the happiness was tempered by inexplicable loneliness and a feeling almost like envy, which she tried very hard not to feel.’
    • ‘Marriage was the only thing her mother could talk about when she called home and somehow that set a raw edge to her acute loneliness.’
    • ‘Soon I realized I was using his energy to fill the loneliness I felt.’
    • ‘What does transpire, then, is a genuine tale of loss, loneliness, and a wrenching longing for personal redemption.’
    • ‘He wept for his cousin, he wept for his loneliness, and most of all he wept for the only woman he could ever love.’
    • ‘After the funeral, visits and invitations to those bereaved might help ease some of the loneliness and isolation.’
    • ‘Nurses should be aware, however, that isolation may cause loneliness, stress, or anxiety in patients.’
    • ‘Crying is now seen as a normal male reaction to anything from bereavement to loneliness to a moving scene on television.’
    • ‘Many feel desperate to return to city life because of the feelings of desperation and loneliness they experience in a countryside setting.’
    • ‘Again and again loneliness and dissatisfaction would creep into my spirit when the parties were over and I was alone.’
    • ‘Support is seen as essential as victims may quickly develop feelings of isolation, loneliness, anxiety, withdrawal or depression.’
    • ‘Elderly women score more favorably on measures of mental health and college-aged women report less loneliness if they live with pets rather than alone.’
    • ‘A numb frozen loneliness came over him and overpowered him.’
    isolation, friendlessness, lack of companions, lack of friends, forsakenness, abandonment, rejection
    solitariness, solitude, lack of company, aloneness, separation
    isolation, remoteness, inaccessibility, seclusion, secludedness
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    1. 1.1 The fact of being without companions; solitariness.
      ‘the loneliness of a sailor's life’
      • ‘It charted the bittersweetness of motherhood, the loneliness of being stuck in the countryside and the hilarity of daily life.’
      • ‘He complained to his friends about the loneliness of his position, the crushing responsibility he had and the lack of clear political guidance.’
      • ‘Finally, technology threatens to depersonalize our lives and increase our ultimate loneliness.’
      • ‘Have you seen the loneliness of the middle distance runner?’
      • ‘I used to be able to withstand the loneliness of my personal life by finding refuge in the comfort and familiarity of work.’
      • ‘However, while Buffy explored the loneliness of being a hero, Cody just exploits the concept.’
      • ‘Especially on the left, the defeat in 1849 provoked a period of reassessment which, together with the hardship and loneliness of political exile, led to some substantial political realignments.’
      • ‘Loneliness has rarely sounded so celebratory or inviting.’
      • ‘I like the loneliness of it, because there's not so many people you have to deal with.’
      • ‘Internationally, there is widespread concern with a break down in community values in developed countries and unacceptable levels of isolation, loneliness and social disintegration, to which Ireland is not immune.’
      • ‘He finds his comfortable loneliness turned upside down when a Chinese American woman enters his world and challenges him to embrace life.’
      • ‘This is how I discovered my real self and overcame my terror of loneliness, poverty, death and all other potential disasters.’
      • ‘Her concerns range from shocking acts of internecine slaughter to the emotional loneliness of the war reporter.’
      • ‘I had been there since that September and was starting to feel the loneliness of the situation.’
      • ‘Learning to deal with loneliness is an art.’
      • ‘The play's stand-off reflects the loneliness of both the writing and reading process.’
      • ‘The loneliness forced upon her by her sickness is what makes her so special.’
      • ‘All eyes turned to him and for the first time he understood what his father had meant when he talked about the loneliness of command.’
      • ‘Studies have shown that loneliness can contribute to poor health and illness.’
      • ‘However, you can learn to live with loneliness, to overcome it and survive.’
  • 2(of a place) the quality of being unfrequented and remote; isolation.

    ‘the loneliness of the farm’
    • ‘That's not the wind you hear; it's the loneliness of the empty farmyards.’

Pronunciation

loneliness

/ˈlōnlēnəs//ˈloʊnlinəs/