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    #1

    live to oneself

    Does "live to oneself" mean "live in loneliness"?

    Here is an example of "live to oneself":
    Silas Lapham might be described as a "man who lived to himself without the knowledge of social good and evil."
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    Re: live to oneself

    No. It means he lives with little contact with other people, but that doesn't mean that he is lonely, which is a negative emotion. He may be quite happy living alone.

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    #3

    Re: live to oneself

    Is "live to oneself" British English?

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    #4

    Re: live to oneself

    No. I'd never heard of it before. The writer seems to have coined the phrase for the purpose of his article, and rightly goes on to explain what he means.

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    #5

    Re: live to oneself

    Quote Originally Posted by Saki6 View Post
    Is "live to oneself" British English?
    I think 'keep to oneself' is.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: live to oneself

    If you google "lived to himself", you'll find quite a few examples. It definitely sounds a little old fashioned or literary.

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