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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 sol·i·tude /ˈsɑləˌtud, ˌtjud/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sol·i·tude n.
 1. state of being alone, or withdrawn from society; a lonely life; loneliness.
    Whosoever is delighted with solitude is either a wild beast or a god.   --Bacon.
 O Solitude! where are the charms
 That sages have seen in thy face?   --Cowper.
 2. Remoteness from society; destitution of company; seclusion; -- said of places; as, the solitude of a wood.
    The solitude of his little parish is become matter of great comfort to him.   --Law.
 3. solitary or lonely place; a desert or wilderness.
 In these deep solitudes and awful cells
 Where heavenly pensive contemplation dwells.   --Pope.
 Syn: Loneliness; soitariness; loneness; retiredness; recluseness. -- Solitude, Retirement, Seclusion, Loneliness.
 Usage: Retirement is a withdrawal from general society, implying that a person has been engaged in its scenes. Solitude describes the fact that a person is alone; seclusion, that he is shut out from others, usually by his own choice; loneliness, that he feels the pain and oppression of being alone. Hence, retirement is opposed to a gay, active, or public life; solitude, to society; seclusion, to freedom of access on the part of others; and loneliness, enjoyment of that society which the heart demands.
    O blest retirement, friend to life's decline.   --Goldsmith.
    Such only can enjoy the country who are capable of thinking when they are there; then they are prepared for solitude; and in that [the country] solitude is prepared for them.   --Dryden.
    It is a place of seclusion from the external world.   --Bp. Horsley.
    These evils . . . seem likely to reduce it [a city] ere long to the loneliness and the insignificance of a village.   --Eustace.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a state of social isolation [syn: purdah]
      2: a solitary place
      3: a disposition toward being alone [syn: aloneness, loneliness,