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 The era of Zoom almost counterintuitively provided us with rare moments of intimacy. Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Jones Is Fendi's New Renaissance Man," 23 Feb. 2021 Ames’s failure is not so much one of ethics as one of intimacy. Crispin Long, The New Yorker, "The Insider Insights of “Detransition, Baby”," 31 Jan. 2021 For Dworzak, one of the most striking elements of these Zoom celebrations was the heightened sense of intimacy. Liam Hess, Vogue, "Zoom for the Holidays: How the World Celebrated Online in 2020," 29 Dec. 2020 In a year defined by a lack of intimacy in order to keep ourselves and everyone else safe, movies and TV made the isolation a little easier. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, "29 Movie & TV Sex Scenes That Made 2020 So Much Hotter," 17 Dec. 2020 Incorporating casted re-enactments, stills from the film version of Santa Barbara, as well as archival images, Markosian has created a world that is cinematic yet still gleams with moments of intimacy. Donny Bajohr, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Ten Best Photography Books of 2020," 11 Dec. 2020 His loving, final relationship becomes an inspiration for his son, who struggles with his father’s death and how to find intimacy in a new relationship. Mark Kennedy, Anchorage Daily News, "Oscar winner and ‘Sound of Music’ star Christopher Plummer has died at 91," 5 Feb. 2021 His loving, final relationship becomes an inspiration for his son, who struggles with his father’s death and how to find intimacy in a new relationship. Mark Kennedy, The Christian Science Monitor, "Christopher Plummer enchanted audiences across the decades," 5 Feb. 2021 Both shows are rooted in a deep intimacy, a rare quality in an era of social distancing. John Semley, The New Republic, "Painting With John Perfects the Art of Instruction," 5 Feb. 2021

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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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2 Mar 2021

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“Intimacy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intimacy. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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