Definition of loneliness in US English:

loneliness

noun

  • 1Sadness because one has no friends or company.

    ‘feelings of depression and loneliness’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A numb frozen loneliness came over him and overpowered him.’
    • ‘Does the applicant act out of an aching loneliness, out of a need to have and control a source of love and affectional response?’
    • ‘Support is seen as essential as victims may quickly develop feelings of isolation, loneliness, anxiety, withdrawal or depression.’
    • ‘That sense of emptiness also can be experienced as loneliness or depression, two other top triggers for your overeating.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Helping to ease the sense of isolation or loneliness, talk therapy focuses on revising the negative thoughts and feelings associated with depression.’
    • ‘Crying is now seen as a normal male reaction to anything from bereavement to loneliness to a moving scene on television.’
    • ‘What does transpire, then, is a genuine tale of loss, loneliness, and a wrenching longing for personal redemption.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He wept for his cousin, he wept for his loneliness, and most of all he wept for the only woman he could ever love.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Soon I realized I was using his energy to fill the loneliness I felt.’
    • ‘Again and again loneliness and dissatisfaction would creep into my spirit when the parties were over and I was alone.’
    • ‘Hopefully my loneliness hasn't permeated my writing and bummed you all out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many feel desperate to return to city life because of the feelings of desperation and loneliness they experience in a countryside setting.’
    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’
      • ‘I used to be able to withstand the loneliness of my personal life by finding refuge in the comfort and familiarity of work.’
      • ‘Her concerns range from shocking acts of internecine slaughter to the emotional loneliness of the war reporter.’
      • ‘He complained to his friends about the loneliness of his position, the crushing responsibility he had and the lack of clear political guidance.’
      • ‘However, while Buffy explored the loneliness of being a hero, Cody just exploits the concept.’
      • ‘It charted the bittersweetness of motherhood, the loneliness of being stuck in the countryside and the hilarity of daily life.’
      • ‘Learning to deal with loneliness is an art.’
      • ‘Finally, technology threatens to depersonalize our lives and increase our ultimate loneliness.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I had been there since that September and was starting to feel the loneliness of the situation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Have you seen the loneliness of the middle distance runner?’
      • ‘Studies have shown that loneliness can contribute to poor health and illness.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Loneliness has rarely sounded so celebratory or inviting.’
      • ‘The loneliness forced upon her by her sickness is what makes her so special.’
      • ‘The play's stand-off reflects the loneliness of both the writing and reading process.’
      • ‘I like the loneliness of it, because there's not so many people you have to deal with.’
      • ‘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/