do·​mes·​tic·​i·​ty | \ ˌdō-ˌme-ˈsti-sə-tē How to pronounce domesticity (audio) , -mə-; ˌdä- \
plural domesticities

Definition of domesticity

1 : the quality or state of being domestic or domesticated
2 : domestic activities or life
3 domesticities plural : domestic affairs

Examples of domesticity in a Sentence

We got married and settled into a life of comfortable domesticity.
Recent Examples on the Web The trappings of his current domesticity are mixed among the more spiritual imagery. Christopher Mosley, Dallas News, 14 June 2021 Decades later, in the 1930s and ’40s, American neurologists Walter Freeman and James Watt carried out lobotomies on women based partly on the idea that deviating from ideal domesticity represented an illness in need of a cure. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 June 2021 All the more shocking, then, when the curtain of domesticity is pushed aside to reveal the man in the black ski mask standing outside the window. Tom Nolan, WSJ, 28 May 2021 There’s irony, some artists say, in using something so often associated with domesticity to send messages full of anger and frustration – and empowerment. Whitney Eulich, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 May 2021 Cusk and Lahiri know that motherhood and domesticity will eat you alive. Claire Dederer, The Atlantic, 4 May 2021 There’s an idea here, of course, about masculinity encircled, about hunters become prey, primitive warriors forced into emasculated domesticity. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 7 May 2021 Embroidery has a long history in the Americas – a profession once reserved for men, later foisted onto women as a symbol of domesticity. Whitney Eulich, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 May 2021 At home, the collection settled into Frick’s extravagant domesticity, with much of the household furniture still sitting on plush carpets amid dark, dark woods, with towering ceilings fitted with gilded moldings that look lifted from a palace., 1 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of domesticity

1721, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Jun 2021

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“Domesticity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of domesticity

formal : life inside a home : the activities of a family or of the people who share a home


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