Definition of soliloquy in English:

soliloquy

noun

  • 1An act of speaking one's thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers, especially by a character in a play.

    • ‘Occasionally, during the action, a speech is highlighted as a soliloquy.’
    • ‘Perched alone on a stage, a character engages in a soliloquy so as to unveil their innermost thoughts to the audience.’
    • ‘Rome communicates his internal dialogue through improvised soliloquies which combine Shakespeare's language with street lingo and gesticulations.’
    • ‘The ridiculous screenplay offers two cathartic scenes, both of which feature characters giving lengthy soliloquies (one in front of a tombstone, another in front of a video camera).’
    • ‘In the end, Georgeanne has a long soliloquy about what happened to everyone afterward, fiction even less convincing than the drama and poetry preceding it.’
    • ‘What adds to the ‘unbearable’ nature of this list of curses is their lack of development and drama; for, unlike many of Shakespeare's soliloquies, these lead to no internal insight or external action.’
    • ‘It begins and ends with soliloquies from the security-staff.’
    • ‘Statistics from the U.S. Census Report and quirky audience participation sections punctuate sociological debates, scuffles and tormented soliloquies by the characters.’
    • ‘It worked because in this play, the audience is truly a character, with the entire play consisting of the soliloquies of three characters telling their stories to the audience.’
    • ‘It is true, of course, that Shakespeare's dramaturgy allows him soliloquies and asides that make it easier to dramatize thought, but Hamlet's thoughts are still necessarily externalized.’
    • ‘She did not - as she told it - interrupt the man with pesky questions about his pain but rather listened in an analytical way as if he were a character giving a soliloquy.’
    • ‘There were soliloquies from various characters describing what they were plotting, what they were going to do next.’
    • ‘Typically, viewers gain this knowledge through one character's asides or soliloquies of which other characters are unaware or through the use of a chorus commenting on events.’
    • ‘His scenes play more as brief soliloquies; the characters voicing unspoken thoughts and memories, repeating phrases and exchanging salvos of opaque dialogue.’
    • ‘First the Laurence Olivier scene played on the projector screen; then Anne, a brave woman in the would-be class, read the soliloquy aloud.’
    • ‘O'Neill is known for stylized dialogue, and the movie is unnaturally verbose, but the characters' long soliloquies often show us as much as they tell us.’
    • ‘Even the play's slightly awkward structure, with its reminiscent soliloquies and resurrected hero, is made up for in Fugard's own production by the quality of the acting.’
    • ‘Shatner's 1968 release tried to capture the connection between drama and popular music with pairings of soliloquies of Shakespeare and classic literature with Sinatra and pop songs.’
    • ‘In between the aimless, idle play and fear of legal and societal retribution, Green's characters deliver poignant soliloquies on abstract concepts like love, self-worth and the state of the world.’
    • ‘There seems to be both a haughty reserve that keeps us at a distance during the soliloquies, and an absence of inner mystery to tempt our curiosity in the first place.’
    monologue, speech, address, lecture, oration, sermon, homily, stand-up, aside
    dramatic monologue, interior monologue
    spiel
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    1. 1.1 A part of a play involving a soliloquy.
      • ‘The dissembling and physically deformed Richard, duke of Gloucester, reveals his true purpose in the opening soliloquy of Richard III.’

Origin

Middle English: from late Latin soliloquium, from Latin solus alone + loqui speak.

Pronunciation:

soliloquy

/səˈliləkwē/