intimacy

noun
in·​ti·​ma·​cy | \ ˈin-tə-mə-sē How to pronounce intimacy (audio) \
plural intimacies

Definition of intimacy

1 : the state of being intimate : familiarity
2 : something of a personal or private nature

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Examples of intimacy in a Sentence

the intimacy of old friends the intimacy of their relationship He felt he achieved a certain intimacy with her. The band liked the intimacy of the nightclub.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Early on members are often required to share secrets or other personal info, which creates a false sense of intimacy. Courtney Shea, refinery29.com, "Why You’re Closer To Joining A Cult Than You Think," 3 June 2019 Be flexible about what kinds of intimacy are involved. Gigi Engle, SELF, "I'm a Sex Coach, and I Swear By Scheduling Sex in Relationships," 19 May 2019 But its direct-to-consumer model has helped create a sense of intimacy with its customer base that bigger brands find hard to replicate. Alexandra Olson, The Seattle Times, "After men’s razors, Harry’s launches shaving brand for women," 15 Oct. 2018 Your concept of intimacy will deepen later in April. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What April’s Libra Horoscope Means for You," 31 Mar. 2019 My mother says the fabricated sense of intimacy made asking for raises, demanding timely pay, and asserting boundaries feel nearly impossible for her. Mariana Viera, Teen Vogue, "Domestic Workers Like My Mom Deserve Protection and Security," 26 Mar. 2019 So for those who want their moments of intimacy interspersed with a mediocre history lesson, look no further. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "15 Netflix Shows With the Hottest Sex Scenes You Need to Watch," 21 Dec. 2018 Sure, there are no rules on HBO, but Girls took things to the next level with this honest depiction of intimacy. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "The 20 Most Graphic and Gorgeous Sex Scenes on TV," 16 Nov. 2018 Rather than a soaring ceiling, the low-slung draping gave the room a sense of intimacy. Kt Merry, Harper's BAZAAR, "From Dallas, With Love: This Texas Wedding Redefined Effortless Elegance," 7 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of intimacy

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of intimacy was in 1641

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intimacy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of intimacy

: emotional warmth and closeness
: a quality that suggests informal warmth or closeness
: sexual relations

intimacy

noun
in·​ti·​ma·​cy | \ ˈin-tə-mə-sē How to pronounce intimacy (audio) \
plural intimacies

Kids Definition of intimacy

1 : a state marked by emotional closeness the intimacy of old friends
2 : a quality suggesting closeness or warmth the cafe's intimacy
3 : something that is very personal or private They shared little intimacies in their letters.

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