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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Recent Examples on the Web Expressionistic light and sound take up the slack and give the play the fearful interiority and propulsion of a nightmare. New York Times, "Making Black Lives, Not Just Black Deaths, Matter Onstage," 28 Feb. 2021 Sports documentaries, especially those featuring access to their athlete protagonists, tend to emphasize their skill and talent to the exclusion of their interiority. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Emotional Miseducation of Tiger Woods," 15 Jan. 2021 The greatest gift of this novel is its efforts to render emotional interiority to enslaved people who are too often depicted either as vessels for sadistic violence or as noble, superhuman warriors for liberation. Washington Post, "‘The Prophets’ reimagines the lives of enslaved people with the epic love story of two men," 4 Jan. 2021 In the months following the conference, I was reminded of just how far American Christianity has strayed from anything close to a focus on interiority, which is perhaps why Rohr’s work has attracted so many of those leaving Christendom. Fred Bahnson, Harpers Magazine, "The Gate of Heaven Is Everywhere," 5 Jan. 2021 His head turning through shadow and his narrow, expressionless gaze combine steady vigilance with the quality of a knowing glance, conveying a powerful sense of interiority. Washington Post, "A masterpiece with a complicated afterlife," 30 Dec. 2020 Her response cracks the interiority of the scene wide open. David L. Ulin, Harper's Magazine, "The Art of the Aftermath," 24 Nov. 2020 Whereas that work explored the interiority of Black people who have had to protest that their lives matter, Just Us examines the attitudes of white people who take it for granted that their lives do. Kierstan Carter, The New Republic, "Claudia Rankine Has a Few Questions," 6 Oct. 2020 Easier for Disney to elide the mother, to disappear her, than to introduce her to the narrative and be forced to reckon with the interiority of the child, let alone a grieving husband. Jeanna Kadlec, Longreads, "Deconstructing Disney: Motherhood and the Taming of Maleficent," 8 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of interiority

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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5 Mar 2021

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“Interiority.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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