phys·​i·​cal·​i·​ty ˌfi-zə-ˈka-lə-tē How to pronounce physicality (audio)
plural physicalities
: intensely physical orientation : predominance of the physical usually at the expense of the mental, spiritual, or social
: a physical aspect or quality

Examples of physicality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the physicality of being in Kiss says that this is the right thing, at the right place, at the right time. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 15 Nov. 2023 Carson’s physicality, led by running back/linebacker Jerry Misaalefua, will present a test. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 13 Nov. 2023 Liz also stepped in to try and end the physicality. Kelly Wynne, Peoplemag, 24 Oct. 2023 The clips tell their own tale, one that proposes, across four decades of feminist backlash, capitalist fervor, and techno-media glut, a politics of physicality, display, defiance, and pleasure. Michelle Orange, The New Yorker, 9 Oct. 2023 Shiite Islam, by contrast, is a religion of touch and physicality, of clergy and sacra. Aatish Taseer, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2023 The 6-foot-2 guard has strength and physicality well beyond her years. Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 5 Nov. 2023 Sly makes clear that quiet menace and physicality is what informed Stallone’s conception of the John Rambo character. Jack Smart, Peoplemag, 3 Nov. 2023 The physicality of ritualized movement and its inherent risks are explored by Rachid Ouramdane in Corps Extrêmes, which debuts on October 27 and 28 at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House. Ian Malone, Vogue, 27 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of physicality was in 1827

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“Physicality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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