Definition of interiority in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The quality of being interior or inward.

    • ‘It is also the point of reference for a spatial politics that guides our differentiation between interiority and exteriority, immediate environment and wider culture.’
    • ‘The titles help explain this interiority by suggesting that hotel swimming pools, not architectural elevations, are the focus of this investigation of the urban scene.’
    • ‘Without dancers on the floor, that reference suggests the interiority of gallery space, subject to people moving across it, from one way of passing the time to another, with uniformed attendants.’
    • ‘The ‘anaesthetised rhythm’ of hypnosis creates an extremely dense, claustrophobic atmosphere of interiority.’
    • ‘The audience is perhaps most acutely aware of the boundary between interiority / exteriority, insider/outsider when a spectator crosses the line and becomes part of the performance action.’
    1. 1.1Inner character; subjectivity.
      ‘the profound interiority of faith’
      • ‘As creator, the writer puts his or her own subjectivity in play by projecting it into the interiority of the character enmeshed in the social world represented in the novel.’
      • ‘It is also worth noting that Marlow's narrative demands to be read and evaluated by a community of readers that views subjective interiority as the condition of historical civilization.’
      • ‘I think what you're trying to describe here is the way that the films withhold access to an interiority that often functions to explain a character's behaviour.’
      • ‘It is to his credit that he manages to elicit our sympathy without ever betraying the character's maddening interiority.’
      • ‘The concept of social persons, she argues, dialectically links subjective interiority to the social world by habituation.’
      • ‘The normative characteristics of the modem subject include identity, boundedness, autonomy, interiority, depth, and centrality.’
      • ‘An omniscient point of view is reinforced throughout the film by a combination of visual motifs (shots of sky, clouds and high-angle compositions), and by detaching the viewer from the characters' interiority.’
      • ‘Indeed this Austrian arch-opponent of the pseudo-sciences would surely have been more sympathetic to Bergson's conception of music as having contact with a verbally unrepresentable interiority.’
      • ‘Further, upon reflection, we may become more aware of our own interiority, become more intimate with ourselves, with thoughts, desires, motives that we have not previously acknowledged.’
      • ‘To put it schematically, I show that the animal runs alongside and undermines the narrative belief in subjective interiority as the sole marker of historical being.’
      • ‘In Possessed, however, she enters the realm of individual character, interiority and a potentially novelistic point of view.’
      • ‘First, there is a turn to interiority, to subjectivity, beyond the Thomistic synthesis.’
      • ‘He also describes ‘the principle of subjective interiority, the inward concern’ as one of the main themes of romanticism.’
      • ‘I take it that it relates to your effort to construct or explore models of subjectivity and interiority which might be opposed to the reduced existence enforced by the institutions of modern culture and the modern state.’
      • ‘As much as truth may define itself against falseness, at the theater interiority can only be realized as theatricality, subjectivity as impersonation, and authenticity as style.’
      • ‘I take up this question by first examining how the animal serves Marlow's narrative agenda of highlighting the capacities he considers proper to human being: reason, interiority, and history.’
      • ‘This theory of reflexivity and authentic subjectivity is closely related to Schweickart's concept of interiority.’
      • ‘For this critic, interiority is the exclusive preserve of the ‘modem’ subject.’
      • ‘Such a contrast would be impossible in a traditional epic, according to Lukacs, because the age of epic comes prior to psychic interiority or subjectivity.’


Early 18th century: from medieval Latin interioritas, from Latin interior inner.