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1 a loud bombastic declamation expressed with strong emotion [syn: harangue, ranting]
2 pompous or pretentious talk or writing [syn: bombast, fustian, claptrap, blah] v : talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner [syn: mouth off, jabber, spout, rabbit on, rave]

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From ranten 'talk nonsense, rave'.


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

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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