in·​ti·​ma·​cy | \ˈin-tə-mə-sē \
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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The illusion of intimacy and authority conveyed by filming inside the White House grounds is why each network has a camera stationed on the little strip on the driveway leading to the West Wing. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "The Jim Acosta Hour," 19 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, the more private volume is clad primarily in wood, which adds a modern and brooding intimacy to contrast with the more public component. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "This house in Tokyo brings the street inside—literally," 14 Aug. 2018 And pivoting from the intimacy of Creed to a generation-spanning family epic straight out of a potboiler novel is just a weird call all around. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Creed II is no Creed. But it’s a pretty good Rocky sequel.," 21 Nov. 2018 The intimacy and vividness of her work, the delicate, fine brushstrokes, recall Delacroix, but the cheeky, unapologetic, and at times challenging attitude of her heroines evokes a model in a pinup magazine. Thomas Gebremedhin, WSJ, "Lisa Yuskavage’s Art Continues to Defy Characterization," 6 Nov. 2018 On a macro scale, this comic connection will offer an amazing opportunity to explore the link between your emotional intimacy and professional success. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's September 2018 Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Aug. 2018 My father knew pain and suffering with an intimacy and immediacy most of us are blessed never to have endured. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Meghan McCain's Eulogy for Her Father John McCain," 1 Sep. 2018 Speaking of desire, Venus cruises into Libra on Monday, August 6, activating the area of your chart associated with emotional intimacy. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What August's Pisces Horoscope Means for You," 30 July 2018 Added to such intimacies are words relating to the quality of our social connections in general. Tim Lomas,, "1,000 words for happiness," 1 July 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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in·​ti·​ma·​cy | \ˈin-tə-mə-sē \
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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