in·​te·​ri·​or·​i·​ty (ˌ)in-ˌtir-ē-ˈȯr-ə-tē How to pronounce interiority (audio)
: interior quality or character
: inner life or substance : psychological existence

Examples of interiority in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Solaris demands patience from its viewer, but its philosophical explorations of human interiority and the manifestations of our most painful memories are deeply rewarding. Randall Colburn,, 9 Nov. 2023 Augustus argues that television allows writers to explore the interiority of multiple characters, whereas films can only really sustain one point of view. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Jan. 2024 With The Color Purple, however, the medium is a good match for the heroine’s interiority, producing a sensual and textured take on the material. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 25 Dec. 2023 Brian Eno, and Ralphie Choo achieved the same kind of interiority with lots of space and ambient palettes. Rolling Stone, 28 Dec. 2023 The film captures the wild beauty of the landscape and also the emotional interiority of its subjects. The New Yorker, 6 Dec. 2023 What about her directing style enabled you to bring Hae Sung’s interiority out in the open? Tyler Coates, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Dec. 2023 The movie can’t convey her interiority or her eccentricity to the degree that the novel’s first-person chronicle did; here, the recurring significance of a falling icicle, while suggestive, never entirely registers. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 30 Nov. 2023 The visuals also convey interiority, swells of mood and feeling, as does Lenny’s explosive, at times ecstatic physicality, the full-bodied intensity of his conducting style and the orgasmic rivers of sweat that pour off him. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of interiority was in 1701

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“Interiority.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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