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I am alone.

I am lonely.

Do they have the same meaning? What is the difference between alone and lonely?

  • No - most of the time they don't have the same meaning. You're alone if there's no-one with you, regardless of how you feel about this. But you're lonely if you feel the lack of companionship, regardless of how many people might be in the vicinity. A man is never so lonely as in a crowd of strangers. You could have looked that up in any dictionary. – FumbleFingers Mar 10 '16 at 22:17
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    Nobody ever says they want to be lonely. "I want to be alone," means that people (even friends) would be an unhelpful distraction.. – Hugh Mar 10 '16 at 22:18
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When you are alone, there is nobody with you. This is a physical property.

When you are lonely, you feel that you need company. This is a psychological property.

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    As Reg Dwight has said, '[W]e write stuff in comments that is too obvious to qualify for an answer. [This] is not really a topic for a site for linguists and etymologists, and we don't want it to become a topic.' – Edwin Ashworth Mar 10 '16 at 23:56

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