One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she savoured her few hours of freedom and solitude’
loneliness, solitariness, remoteness, isolation, seclusion, retirement, withdrawal, purdah, privacy, privateness, peace, peace and quiet, desolation
North American lonesomeness
rare sequestration, reclusion
2‘solitudes like the area around the loch are becoming more and more precious’
wilderness, undisturbed area, unspoilt area, rural area, wilds, backwoods, the back of beyond
desert, emptiness, wasteland, no-man's-land
the bush, the outback
NZ Australian North American backcountry
South African the backveld
informal the sticks, the middle of nowhere
North American informal the boondocks
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