phys·​i·​cal·​i·​ty | \ ˌfi-zə-ˈka-lə-tē How to pronounce physicality (audio) \
plural physicalities

Definition of physicality

1 : intensely physical orientation : predominance of the physical usually at the expense of the mental, spiritual, or social
2 : a physical aspect or quality

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There’s an attention to the rules and physicality to world of Star Wars that creates a sense of realism within the world of the game. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "Is 'Fallen Order' the 'Star Wars' Game Fans Have Been Looking For?," 8 June 2019 For a second straight Stanley Cup Final, physicality has played a pivotal role, reminding all that there’s not only still a place for it in a league but that it’s actually an ingredient for success. Isabelle Khurshudyan, The Denver Post, "Stanley Cup Final shows there’s still room for “heavy” hockey in NHL," 4 June 2019 Restrained by social conventions, their eventual courtship is a slow burn, eschewing much of the breathless physicality that made Blue is the Warmest Color’s première such a sensation. Marley Marius, Vogue, "5 Under-the-Radar Cannes Films Critics Are Buzzing About," 23 May 2019 What McHugh favored was the fantastic, the caustic, the nakedly human, art with an irreverent or whimsical sense of humor, and art with little remove from raw physicality. Leah Ollman,, "This Candy Store wasn't a candy store: Remembering a California gallery that made art stars," 3 July 2018 There's just another whole dimension to the travel, to the experiences, to the emotions to the physicality of every single day. Andrew Dampf,, "Rival players support seeding Serena Williams at French Open: 'She's someone who the tour was missing'," 21 May 2018 Saric has always been a voice of reason when the Sixers lose, suggesting a return to basics, and to play with more physicality. Sarah Todd,, "Dario Saric ready to punch back in Miami," 17 Apr. 2018 As the Cards wanted to gamble for steals or run drivers into shot blockers, Xavier preferred keeping the ball in front of its defenders and defensive rebounding with physicality. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "With 4 scholarships open, here's what Louisville basketball needs on next season's roster," 10 Apr. 2018 The physicality of each turn makes this two-on-two variant very satisfying. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The 16 surprising new games that made PAX West an absolute blast," 9 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of physicality

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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