in·​te·​ri·​or·​i·​ty | \ (ˌ)in-ˌtir-ē-ˈȯr-ə-tē How to pronounce interiority (audio) , -ˈär-\

Definition of interiority

1 : interior quality or character
2 : inner life or substance : psychological existence

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McCraney, who wrote the screenplay on which Barry Jenkins’s 2016 film Moonlight was based, is no stranger to producing work that explores the interiority of black boys. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "A Rare Show That Explores the Nuances of Black Boyhood," 22 Aug. 2019 This lesson explains the deep interiority of The Nickel Boys. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Colson Whitehead, American Escape Artist," 30 July 2019 The resonant silences of Thurman’s performance communicate that interiority. Don Aucoin,, "At Williamstown, Uma Thurman overcomes the challenges of a role — and the production she’s in," 9 Aug. 2019 The language of James Joyce or E. E. Cummings suggests an alluring parallel to Internet-ese, as do other twentieth-century innovations (free verse, stream of consciousness, profanity) that asked an unbuttoned style to represent human interiority. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "Is the Internet Making Writing Better?," 26 July 2019 The Handmaid’s Tale, once a window into the interiority of a woman whose mind was her only release, has long since lost its potency. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "In Defense of Big Little Lies’ Second Season," 22 July 2019 This interiority contrasts directly with their bright, peacock attire. Sharon Mizota,, "Review: A painter probes hip-hop stereotypes and what it means to be black and male," 17 June 2019 But what about novels that exploit the opportunities that are available only to the form of the novel, such as novels that explore interiority, or rely on the novel’s versatile treatment of time and causation? The New York Review of Books, "Zia Haider Rahman," 28 Mar. 2019 The experience of interiority and the outside conditions controlling our bodies are bound up in a way that only imprisonment unites so literally. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The bold, vivid worlds of Rachel Kushner’s novels," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of interiority

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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