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3/23/16

Soliloquy

(sə-li’-lə-kwē)

n. 1. Talking to oneself; speaking one’s thoughts aloud without addressing anyone.

2. A literary device, especially in theater, in which a character reveals his or her thoughts in this way.

“It is notorious that we speak no more than half-truths in our ordinary conversation, and even a soliloquy is likely to be affected by the apprehension that walls have ears.”
-Eric Robert Linklater

 

From Latin solus ‘alone’ + loqui ‘speak’. “To be or not to be…” begins one famous soliloquy. The word ‘monologue’ has a similar meaning, except that a monologue may be addressed to others, while a soliloquy is a speech to oneself.

 

“To soliloquize or not to soliloquize, that is the question…”

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