monologic /mon'euh loj"ik/, monological, adj.monologist /mon"euh law'gist, -log'ist, meuh nol"euh jist/, monologuist /mon"euh law'gist, -log'ist/, n.
/mon"euh lawg', -log'/, n.
1. a form of dramatic entertainment, comedic solo, or the like by a single speaker: a comedian's monologue.
2. a prolonged talk or discourse by a single speaker, esp. one dominating or monopolizing a conversation.
3. any composition, as a poem, in which a single person speaks alone.
4. a part of a drama in which a single actor speaks alone; soliloquy.
Also, monolog.
[1615-25; < F, on the model of dialogue DIALOGUE; cf. Gk monólogos speaking alone]

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▪ drama and literature
      in literature and drama, an extended speech by one person. The term has several closely related meanings. A dramatic monologue (q.v.) is any speech of some duration addressed by a character to a second person. A soliloquy (q.v.) is a type of monologue in which a character directly addresses an audience or speaks his thoughts aloud while alone or while the other actors keep silent. In fictional literature, an interior monologue (q.v.) is a type of monologue that exhibits the thoughts, feelings, and associations passing through a character's mind.

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