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In books we find monologues from the greatest minds. And where those books disagree, it is up to the reader to create a dialogue.
  a (usually long) dramatic speech by a single actor

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a long speech by one person — especially one that prevents others from talking

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a continuous series of jokes and stories by a single comedian
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Although less frequently used, "monolog" is also a correct spelling in the United States.

Standard prefix:  "mono" typically means "one", "single" or "alone".
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  • In books we find monologues from the greatest minds. And where those books disagree, it is up to the reader to create a dialogue.
  • Our conversation became more of a monologue on her part.
  • Did you see the opening monologue on last night’s Emmys?
  • the play is taking up most of my time as we get closer to opening night. lots of lines to remember. long monologues where it’s just me talking.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder

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  • When we were done with our overlapping monologues, we glared at each other.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • She didn’t like the sound of his rambling monologue, but she was afraid to cut him off.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • Attempts at conversation would turn into one-way monologues, with sounds bouncing off her stone visage.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • I carry on an inner monologue, but the words often don’t reach my lips.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Mia stops her NYC monologue, reaches in for her cell phone, looks at the screen, and winces.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • At first, Travis had no idea who Molly was—which lent that part of the monologue a surreal quality—but as she continued, he gradually realized that Molly was Gabby’s collie, which he’d noticed her walking occasionally.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice

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  • Death will find me long before I tire of contemplating an evening spent in his company during which he enthralled a mixed audience consisting of a fur trader, a Cree Indian matron, and an Anglican missionary, with an hour-long monologue on sexual aberrations in female pygmy shrews.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • My father would read to me from the great monologues during the long wagon rides between towns.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Then I hear him rustling in the branches all around us, muttering little curses under his breath, a monologue I don’t quite follow.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • As soon as the news came on, Ted began a long monologue which continued unabated till I excused myself an hour later.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • But I thought this might provoke Nathan into thinking I was pulling his leg; he might then embark again upon his monologue, which was becoming a trifle exhausting, so I merely smiled thinly, wrapping myself in an enigma, and replied, "I have a private source of income."
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It was some time before I became aware that my thread of petition was no longer a monologue.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • I snapped out of my internal monologue when I realized how disgustedly Claudia was looking at me.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • ON THE WAY OUT to Brooklyn with a van full of furniture, Grisha kept up a steady monologue about on the one hand Hobie’s fine qualities and on the other how he was running Welty’s business into the ground.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Letterman even made a joke about you in his monologue last night.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • But it wasn’t just that she’d found an audience for her monologues of illness.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • All he had to do was to transfer to paper the interminable restless monologue that had been running inside his head, literally for years.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • After the first monologue the whole company rose and surrounded Mademoiselle George, expressing their enthusiasm.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Some way along the road he began a muttered monologue, protests and recriminations.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • An hour of monologue, a poem, a comment, and then without even acknowledging the fact that Montag was a fireman, Faber with a certain trembling, wrote his address on a slip of paper.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • In it there was something soft and tender like the monologue of a babe.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • After a long while his monologue paused.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • At times he talked to himself, and stammered lugubrious monologues in a low voice.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Only it was mostly a monologue.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • So, this would be a monologue, then.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • His endless muttering monologue vitiated every effort I made to think out a line of action, and drove me at times, thus pent up and intensified, almost to the verge of craziness.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • The monologue became, iri fact, a duet as they lay down together, Denver nursing Beloved’s interest like a lover whose pleasure was to overfeed the loved.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • CHAPTER 5 Thursday, December 26 For the first time since he began his monologue, the old man had managed to take Blomkvist by surprise.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Dona Maria had begun to discover that her feverish monologues had a way of keeping her awake all night.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Suddenly his blood ran cold as he realized the content of Collis’s confidential monologue.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Feldman was referring to things like vocabulary and grammar and — most important — the structure of Emily’s monologues.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • He forgot I hadn’t heard any of these splendid monologues on, what was it? on love, justice, conduct of life—or what not.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • I think Professor Nolan has just begun working on monologues.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • He had forgotten completely about his conversation with her that afternoon and was carrying on a monologue about the latest news from Fort Sumter, which he punctuated by hammering his fist on the table and waving his arms in the air.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • … are in reality one long monologue.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • One involved a dramatic verse monologue of a Chicana about to be arrested by the cops.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • But the usher’s brutal monologue came to an end; every one had arrived, and Gringoire breathed freely once more; the actors continued bravely.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Too long has our beloved Southland been bogged down in a tragic effort to live in monologue rather than dialogue.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • Stephen sat on a footstool beside his father listening to a long and incoherent monologue.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • A switch seems to flip in her gut, starting a familiar internal monologue: she’s been working like a slave her whole damn life and she never complains….
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • I’d expected her to call and regale us with one of her typical monologues, full of stream-of-consciousness details, but instead she’d left a message-telling us about the win and that she was very pleased with it-that clocked in at under two minutes, which had to be a record for her.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • GUIL: Like a mute in a monologue.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • In one second we will hear all about the great Ashanti empires; the great Songhay civilizations; and the great sculpture of Benin—and then some poetry in the Bantu—and the whole monologue will end with the word heritage!
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • He was engaged in such monologues when Zossimov, who had spent the night in Praskovya Pavlovna’s parlour, came in.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • —That model schoolboy, Stephen said, would find Hamlet’s musings about the afterlife of his princely soul, the improbable, insignificant and undramatic monologue, as shallow as Plato’s.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Murray was in the midst of a thoughtful monologue.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
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