in·te·ri·or·i·ty | \(ˌ)in-ˌtir-ē-ˈȯr-ə-tē, -ˈär-\

Definition of interiority 

1 : interior quality or character

2 : inner life or substance : psychological existence

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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 The music works like interiority, translating the muddled speech of Chekhov’s play into the persistent feeling that is at the core of the work. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The First Great Film Adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull," 24 Apr. 2018 Working with a low budget that never becomes a hindrance, Mr. Perry uses exterior space to convey interiority, as when Alyssa speaks to Nick — who keeps his back to her — from across a room that feels like a vast, unpassable chasm. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Golden Exits,’ Ties That Bind (and Cut Too)," 8 Feb. 2018 Vonnegut wasn’t going for interiority, character depth or musicality. Jess Walter, New York Times, "How Kurt Vonnegut Found His Voice and His Themes," 9 Oct. 2017 Their emotional interiority sits at a difficult and interesting place in our culture now, at a time when America is reassessing its relationship to the way that cops feel. Josephine Livingstone, New Republic, "Wind River Reveals the Tricky Politics of Feeling Bad for Cops," 22 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of interiority

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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