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solitary wasp

A type of wasp that does not live in a social colony. My sister is an entomologist currently studying the behavior of solitary wasps.
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tread a/the (type of) path

To choose a particular kind of lifestyle that one commits to. My brother's always treaded a solitary path, no matter how much we reach out to him. You'll be treading a tough path if you decide to drop out of college now.
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tread a difficult, solitary, etc. ˈpath

choose and follow a particular way of life, way of doing something, etc: A restaurant has to tread the tricky path between maintaining quality and keeping prices down.
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The fact that an individual in his solitariness becomes one not only with himself but also with the world entails vitality and not 'unawareness'.
It is interesting that Whitehead should regard the human experience of longing and searching, which leads to solitariness, as the fundamental context in which religion can emerge.
The qualities that Castellanos attributes to Weil might best be described as virtues, as dispositions of character or directions of desire that lead to good action: serenity in conjunction with torment and suffering, purity able to contemplate impurity, humility, tenacity, conviction, solitariness combined with an active solidarity with the weak, the persecuted and the exiled.
Their essential duality--as champions they stood at the center of American society, while as black men they remained forever outside of it--contributed to their solitariness.
Hopper, The Crisis of Faith (Nashville: Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, 1944): "The 'midnight hour' in which 'all men must unmask' is an hour of impotence, solitariness, confusion of Spirit--crisis" (27): [citing Matthew Arnold] "Wandering between two worlds, one dead,/The other powerless to be born.
Musical performance brings the protagonist to the brink of transcending the solitariness of experience.
3) Connectedness and community are dwelled on in place of isolation, solitariness, marginality, and their attendant anxieties, fears, and horrors.
In this joyously vulgar register, Mathers is closest to his friend, supporter and contemporary, the playwright lack Hibberd, analyst of solitariness and celebrity.
Rather, privacy is seen as more connected to confidential conversation than solitariness, as less available in domestic space than corporate, and as a sometime threat to public discipline rather than a universally valued state.
The latter bestows on a painting of two circus colleagues relaxing outside the ring a complicated idea to do with Yeats' belief in the solitariness of the artist and his personal reluctance to reveal the inner meanings of his paintings (as, not surprisingly, he came under increasing pressure to do).
In his recently republished Eclisse, Jacques Dupin recalls the solitariness of the emergent post-war poetic voices of his own generation, who, unlike Char, Artaud, Michaux, or Ponge, had little prospect of being published, doggedly pursuing their art without public recognition, in the shadow of the already very much moribund forms of Resistance and Surrealist writing.
Such individuation, indeed solitariness, is a constant theme in Moore's fiction.
The solitariness of being in one's skin is dramatically represented by Milne's experience of the repeated trauma of dissociation, of unanticipated events like an unexpected feeling of abjection in the aftermath of day surgery, or comments that come from outside the body and do not match up with the enormity of one's sense of singularity or doctors who scrutinize her face as if it were a surface for the scientific discovery of things.
When Sugar sustains a minor injury that puts him on the sidelines for a spell, inaction and solitariness trigger a downward spiral soon to be exacerbated by the arrival of a fresh Dominican pitching sensation who makes Sugar old news.
He notes the binary elements that "permeate the story, giving the theme of separation pervasive lateral roots: night (moon) and day (people's villages), and this opposition's incumbent polarities of dark and light, above and below, and cool and warm; solitariness (moon) and community (village); wisdom and maturity (moon); and folly and childishness (hare)" (145).