AskDefine | Define soliloquy

Dictionary Definition



1 speech you make to yourself [syn: monologue]
2 a (usually long) dramatic speech intended to give the illusion of unspoken reflections

User Contributed Dictionary



1595-1605; < sōliloquium in the title of St. Augustine's Liber Soliloquiorum < sōlus "only, sole" + loquor "I speak"


  • , /səˈlɪləkwi/


  1. In the context of "drama": The act of a character speaking to himself so as to reveal his thoughts to the audience
    At the end of the second act the main villain gave a soliloquy detailing his plans to attack the protagonist.
  2. A speech or written discourse in this form.

Related terms


act of a character speaking to himself
  • German: Selbstgespräch
  • Icelandic: eintal, einræða
  • Japanese: 独り言
  • Spanish: soliloquio
speech or written discourse in this form
  • German: Selbstgespräch
  • Icelandic: eintal, einræða, einræða persónu
  • Japanese: 独白
  • Spanish: soliloquio

Extensive Definition

A monologue is an extended, uninterrupted speech by a single person. The person may be speaking his or her thoughts aloud or directly addressing other persons, e.g. an audience, a character, or a reader.
As a literary device, it is most common in dramatic genres (plays, opera, animated cartoons, film) but can also be found in prose fiction. The term can also be applied to poems, which usually take the form of the thoughts or speech of a single individual. In everyday usage, a long, rather boring speech by a conversation partner is sometimes called a monologue as well.
The term 'dramatic monologue' is used both for monologues in plays and for a poetic genre.

Soliloquy / Dramatic Monologue (Theatre)




  • Jane Edwardes, The Faber Book of Monologues, Faber and Faber, 2005, ISBN 0571217648

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soliloquy in Arabic: مونولوج
soliloquy in Bosnian: Monolog
soliloquy in Bulgarian: Монолог
soliloquy in Czech: Monolog
soliloquy in Welsh: Ymson
soliloquy in German: Monolog
soliloquy in Spanish: Monólogo
soliloquy in Persian: تک‌گویی
soliloquy in French: Monologue
soliloquy in Galician: Soliloquio
soliloquy in Indonesian: Monolog
soliloquy in Italian: Monologo
soliloquy in Hebrew: מונולוג
soliloquy in Georgian: მონოლოგი
soliloquy in Kazakh: Монолог
soliloquy in Luxembourgish: Monolog
soliloquy in Dutch: Monoloog
soliloquy in Japanese: モノローグ
soliloquy in Norwegian: Monolog
soliloquy in Polish: Monolog
soliloquy in Portuguese: Monólogo
soliloquy in Russian: Монолог
soliloquy in Slovak: Monológ
soliloquy in Slovenian: Samogovor
soliloquy in Finnish: Monologi
soliloquy in Swedish: Monolog
soliloquy in Ukrainian: Монолог
soliloquy in Chinese: 獨角戲
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