Loneliness is the state of being alone and feeling sad about it. Your loneliness might lead you to sit at home listening to depressing songs, or it could inspire you to go out and meet people.

You can be alone — and enjoy every minute of it. But from time to time, most of us experience loneliness. It's a feeling of sadness or even anxiety that occurs when you want company. On the other hand, it is possible to feel loneliness in a crowd, especially if you aren't interacting with others, like in a crowded subway car or busy grocery store. Even a place can have a sense of loneliness, like an empty room just after all your guests have left.

Definitions of loneliness
  1. noun
    sadness resulting from being forsaken or abandoned
    synonyms: desolation, forlornness
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    type of:
    sadness, unhappiness
    emotions experienced when not in a state of well-being
  2. noun
    the state of being alone in solitary isolation
    synonyms: solitariness
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    type of:
    a state of separation between persons or groups
  3. noun
    a disposition toward being alone
    synonyms: aloneness, lonesomeness, solitariness
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    being without friends
    a disposition to prefer seclusion or isolation
    privacy, privateness, seclusion
    the quality of being secluded from the presence or view of others
    type of:
    disposition, temperament
    your usual mood
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