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Definition of interiority

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

Examples of interiority in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Indians are not given any interiority or dialogue. Jennifer Percy, Harper's magazine, "The Skinning Tree," 20 Jan. 2020 The trick to centering a film on a more subdued character, per Ruffalo, is to invest enough interest in his interiority, his motivations for fighting an uphill battle. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, "Mark Ruffalo won’t put down his megaphone," 29 Nov. 2019 And Kevin Quashie’s 2012 book, The Sovereignty of Quiet: Beyond Resistance in Black Culture, informs my interest in interiority. Tiffany Y. Ates, Smithsonian, "Why the Newest Works by Amy Sherald Focus on Ordinary People," 19 Nov. 2019 But if those formats connote superficial engagement with interiority, Leeson’s videos are raw, poignant, and painful. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Pioneering Feminist Artist Lynn Hershman Leeson Gets Timely and Overdue Attention in a New Show," 15 Nov. 2019 This strange, mazelike organ would seem to encourage a state of endless interiority. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘American Utopia’ Is David Byrne’s Neighborhood," 20 Oct. 2019 And yet, the film's stubborn interiority, its sense of a soul, is mesmerizing, and Pitt is tremendously moving while giving one of the best performances of his career. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to Watch (and Not) on Streaming and in Theaters This Weekend, From ‘Ad Astra’ to ‘The I-Land’," 20 Sep. 2019 With Kydd, the distance produces an interiority that is strenuously poetical and highly self-aware in its lyricism., "At the Griffin Museum, three shows and an array of photography talent - The Boston Globe," 13 Sep. 2019 Her writing began to change, turning more elliptical and impressionistic, with an increasing focus on interiority. Pasha Malla, The New Yorker, "Will American Readers Ever Catch on to Marie-Claire Blais?," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of interiority

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Interiority.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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