interiority

noun
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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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 The 250 works, spanning 1850 to the present, accentuate female interiority and perception. Sarah Moroz, The Cut, "Virginia Woolf’s Ideology on Display at Tate St Ives," 6 Feb. 2018 Like some of the other best comedies on air right now — Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Good Place — Trial & Error doesn’t rob its characters of a sense of interiority in exchange for making them so colorful. Karen Han, Vox, "NBC’s Trial & Error is a joyful break from reality," 29 July 2018 Few of us are likely to agree with her dictum that photography is best practiced as a purely objective art that makes no concession to inwardness or interiority. Deborah Solomon, New York Times, "Berenice Abbott: She Was a Camera," 1 June 2018 At times, Pink’s relentless interiority is altogether oppressive to read. Michael Friedrich, The New Republic, "Spirit of the Strip Mall," 24 May 2018 What’s more, the fact that the mystery was medical only amplified the usual effect: To wonder what was wrong with the First Lady’s health is to think about her internal body, her interiority. Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "Melania’s Recent Behavior Is Right Out of Hitchcock," 11 June 2018 Large claims about the interiority of human beings from a different time are not so easily proven. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Did Math Kill God?," 27 Apr. 2018 Her interiority was the key to the show, felt in those endless close-ups of Moss’s face, and in her narration. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Handmaid's Tale and the Suffering of Women," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of interiority

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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