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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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Thus, he left Jerusalem, as it had always been his wish, and he led a life of solitariness. Though the nature of Narcissus's crime was unclear, Murphy supposes that it was homosexuality (T.S.
Of such transactions Keen points to Hardy's journey into solitariness, moving "towards an embrace of nescience (the condition of not knowing) and affirming his monist perspective on the universe's organization" (104).
Human beings are, according to this special conception of relational responsibility in both Levinas and Leopardi, called out of their solitariness in order to address, and find their strength in, the Other.
our surprise is the gauge of community and a solitariness: the tomato
e la m'apparve, si com'elli appare / subitamente cosa che disvia / per maraviglia tutto altro pensare, / una donna soletta..." (".and there appeared to me, as a thing / suddenly appears which drives away / in astonishment every other thought, / a woman alone ." Blum's selective quotation tempers the wonder and highlights the solitariness.
That Emma's story begins the afternoon of the Westons' wedding day contrasts her solitariness with their marriage.
From the widely acclaimed writer, a beguiling new novel, at once wistful and ribald, about a day in the life of two Indian men in London--a university student and his bachelor uncle--each coping in his own way with alienation, solitariness, and the very art of living.
It was in those three minutes that began the unfolding of Malabon, on the straight stretch of asphalt called Letre, whose solitariness provided a sympathetic setting for the funeral that walked a loved one to one of the town's two graveyards to rest in peace.
The narrative frame speaks of painful loss, but images of solitariness, separation from joy, isolation, and longing are subverted by imputed motives of greed, juxtaposed with evil community, and denied heavenly consolation.
Wendell Howard in "Silence, Solitariness, and Gregorian Chant" provides both a brief outline of the history of chant in late-medieval and modern monastic establishments and also evaluates how chant itself provides elements of proper inwardness, order, and depth that allow modern people, just as it allowed people in the past, to be properly prepared for the possibility of contemplation.
Whether or not we affirm any of these views, the only "our Hawthorne" that we might agree upon is that he was a fairly dark, brooding sort of fellow, that he was rather shy or private, not given to conviviality, that he was obsessed with matters of guilt and quite severe in his moral judgments, that he inherited his gloom and solitariness and severity from the Puritan tradition of New England, and that, partly owing to all of these traits and influences, he really didn't have much regard for what he frequently termed his "idle" stories.
However, Ethan is made more complex as Wayne registers his unspoken love for his sister-in-law Martha (Dorothy Jordan), by the inherent racism of his hatred of Indians, by the solitariness that denotes him as belonging nowhere, and by his obsession with the girl who is the goal of his search.
CPEC would definitely be a boon for Pakistan, strengthening it strategically, economically, and enrich it socially but seeing it in solitariness just from Pakistan or China's interests would undermine its importance.