Definition of intimacy in English:



mass noun
  • 1Close familiarity or friendship.

    ‘the intimacy between a husband and wife’
    • ‘We have found that this method leads to terrific solutions that we both ‘buy into’ and which further increase the trust and intimacy between us.’
    • ‘The intimacy between them makes them weak and they surrender to each other's lust.’
    • ‘The first of three pivotal scenes in this film is a moment of intimacy between Jack and Tyler when they confide that their fathers are distant and disengaged.’
    • ‘Beth believed those women were deluded, but nevertheless, she saw how intimacy between two people was never quite erased.’
    • ‘They talk about how they have come to see the Eucharist in a whole new light, as a joyful experience of intimacy with a close friend.’
    • ‘And in the bulk of trials where the provocation defence was run, are we talking about some kind of relationship intimacy between the victim and the accused?’
    • ‘Sex is a profound experience of intimacy between two people.’
    • ‘Neither can he, an only child, penetrate the deep intimacy between his parents.’
    • ‘In this way, expressions of intimacy between men and women are limited to non-exploitative relationships of total commitment.’
    • ‘It's an excuse for a kind of intimacy between the members of the band, and between the band and the audience.’
    • ‘The intimacy between them is frequently very touching.’
    • ‘We learned through them that the quality of the friendship and intimacy affects the nature of conflict in a very big way.’
    • ‘Can we infer, then, a degree of intimacy between them?’
    • ‘The powerful fear of intimacy between men is ineluctably present, but it doesn't win out over the boys' youthful hearts.’
    • ‘My entire life over the last ten years had been not being close to people, avoiding intimacy and close friendship because I knew that it wouldn't last.’
    • ‘It's a striking moment, both for the sheer intimacy between the characters and the hopelessness of their predicament.’
    • ‘As a matter of fact, sex is affirmed by sociologists as a source of pleasure and shared intimacy between husband and wife.’
    • ‘Our conversation made me feel there was an even greater intimacy between us.’
    • ‘Sharing your shortcomings creates intimacy and fosters close relationships.’
    • ‘That also will create a distance as well as a friendly intimacy between the two of you.’
    closeness, togetherness, affinity, rapport, attachment, familiarity, confidentiality, close association, close relationship, close attachment, close friendship, friendliness, comradeship, companionship, amity, affection, mutual affection, warmth, warm feelings, understanding, fellow feeling
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    1. 1.1 A cosy and private or relaxed atmosphere.
      ‘the room had a peaceful sense of intimacy about it’
      • ‘To sense the loss of privacy and dignity, we must first feel that they existed; regrettably, the set does not create the necessary sense of domestic intimacy.’
      • ‘Apart from the fresh air and exercise, there's a real sense of intimacy with your surroundings when you travel by bike, a feeling of closeness and access that other forms of transport simply cannot provide.’
      • ‘The boats are 12-to 22-berth vessels, so there's a greater sense of intimacy than on the typical Caribbean cruise.’
      • ‘Lighter colours on the walls, such as pale yellows, give a fresh look - though darker colours give a greater sense of intimacy.’
      • ‘Despite the monumental scale of the program and spaces, this church retains a sense of warmth and intimacy.’
      • ‘Gas lamps and good quality mahogany furniture provided an atmosphere of warmth and intimacy.’
      • ‘He says it is difficult to achieve a sense of intimacy in such a large museum, but he feels it succeeds because of the commitment of the project team.’
      • ‘Do not be put off by my description of the bare red brick walls and ceiling, because somehow they lend an atmosphere of cosiness and intimacy.’
      • ‘These were ingenious tactics that created an atmosphere of intimacy - and produced an ultimate irony.’
      • ‘The single dancing flame in the center of the table created an atmosphere of intimacy.’
      • ‘The main dining area is sectioned off with opaque glass windows and sheer curtains that give a sense of intimacy matched by the gracious service.’
      • ‘An atmosphere of warmth and intimacy is created, and long-held bodily tensions are released.’
      • ‘This has the similar sense of intimacy on the move, exploiting the car's singular potential as a partly private, partly public place.’
      • ‘Soft carpets and fabrics convey a sense of warmth, intimacy, and privacy.’
      • ‘All in all, though, the meal was excellent and the surroundings dark and sleek enough to induce a pleasing sense of intimacy.’
      • ‘The meditative mood and ethereal atmosphere of the painting create an aura of intimacy that counters the epic scale of its composition.’
      • ‘But because rooms measure no more than 180 square feet, they maintain a sense of intimacy.’
      • ‘‘We offer signed books, which create a sense of intimacy and pride for the clients,’ said Harris.’
      • ‘The cheeky, Spanish gig-a-long ‘A Minha Menina’ injected some needed intimacy into the atmosphere with a throng of dancers and not a mosh pit in sight.’
    2. 1.2euphemistic Sexual intercourse.
      • ‘There were times when it was hard, when one or other of us would be crying out for more, be it moving in, or more often a cry for the delights of sexual intimacy.’
      • ‘Many of my old inhibitions resurfaced now that I faced the risks of sexual intimacy.’
      • ‘For virgins, the issue of timing is more evident because they have not met the cultural deadline of sexual intimacy with a partner.’
      • ‘Some fulfill their desire for sexual intimacy within a long-term committed relationship.’
      • ‘At the time of the survey, sexual intimacy no longer occurred in their relationships.’
      • ‘In other words, not all opportunities for intimacy or sexual interaction may be perceived as equally desirable or rewarding.’
      • ‘Or is sexual intimacy such an important part of an adult relationship that impotence should be viewed as a problem that should and now can be cured?’
      • ‘For example, God still says that marriage needs to come before sexual intimacy.’
      • ‘The Sexual Attitudes Scale was designed to measure attitudes about sexual behavior and the place of sexual intimacy in relationships.’
      • ‘It could not be more clear that research must be conducted on the relative status of sexual intimacy in the minds of persons engaged in different kinds of procreative activity.’
      • ‘These factors have implications for intimacy and sexuality.’
      • ‘Be close - build and maintain emotional and sexual intimacy in your relationship.’
      • ‘What are the implications of achieving sexuality before intimacy?’
      • ‘One of the greatest sources for holiness can be found during moments of physical intimacy between husband and wife.’
      • ‘Yet many of our opponents argue that we ought to forsake sexual intimacy in favor of celibacy.’
      • ‘These results suggest that stereotypes of older persons as not interested in sexual intimacy are wrong.’
      • ‘Siva's young followers are taught to protect their chastity as a treasure and to save sexual intimacy for their future spouse.’
      • ‘These benefits do not flow from other living arrangements, even if sexual intimacy is an element.’
      • ‘Have older gays lost touch with the value of sexual intimacy?’
      • ‘Many people consider sexual intimacy to be only or most appropriate in marriage.’
      sexual relations, sexual intercourse, sex, intercourse, lovemaking, act of love, carnal knowledge, sexual congress, congress
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    3. 1.3count noun An intimate remark.
      ‘here she was sitting swapping intimacies with a stranger’
      • ‘They are four characters in search of an objective correlative, their intimacies obstructed by lofty words - honesty, cowardice, love - that seem, after a while, to mean nothing at all.’
      • ‘It would be a rare individual who would want to share such family intimacies with a stranger.’
      • ‘This type of mobile communication is interesting to me because of its peculiar intimacies.’
      • ‘The supposed intimacies within the group begin to break down when Carla - the artsy ingenue - is brutally attacked after receiving a poetry award.’
      • ‘Ali has a powerful, clear eye for detail and she introduces intimacies of immigrant life that few outside the community have known.’
      • ‘But, the cameras also pick-up your intimacies, including if you and your date get a little smoochy, providing voyeuristic fun for the kitchen staff.’
      • ‘In a confessional culture, intimacies are offered to the media for public consumption.’
      • ‘Candid cameras give pleasure, the intimacies of other persons are interesting and when they're degrading to the mighty and great, they are all the more acceptable.’
      • ‘This vow echoes like an eerie refrain through a piece that examines the deepest intimacies of marriage while questioning the rules and expectations that govern it.’
      • ‘Others are steered by prosecutors' questions to areas they might not have wanted to speak about, such as personal emotional trauma, household intimacies, or their financial instability.’
      • ‘On fire now, he designs a nationwide study of thousands of adults, their intimacies recorded in explicit questionnaires administered by his zealous disciples.’
      • ‘Time is telescoped so that within months you are an old familiar face; your secrets and intimacies have been folded inside out and made the object of communal curiosity and solicitation.’
      • ‘As anyone who's had to sit next to a drunk on the last bus home will tell you, there's nothing worse than a stranger's uninvited intimacies.’
      • ‘Describing the Other, or giving a motive behind the communication, would have greatly diminished its power - better to let people project from their own intimacies, and imagine their own masters.’
      • ‘‘Simple semantics may help quell patients' fears that they will be seen by a scruffy, disinterested youth who may well later report their intimacies in the bar,’ he writes.’
      • ‘We are told that men are distant and uncomfortable about sharing intimacies - they prefer to confine their conversation to football and slagging.’
      • ‘They offer intimacies and images and further insight about how things come together.’
      • ‘And since we are sharing… intimacies… well, I am anyway - I might as well be totally frank and admit up-front that I often find myself in awe of my friend's perspicacity.’
      • ‘What about the much wider and more important issue of the whole network of intimacies - political, media, business and social - that continues to discredit public life in Scotland?’
      • ‘I still love this notion that great writers of the past had extensive intercourse and traded intimacies but never met each other.’
    4. 1.4in singular Closeness of observation or knowledge of a subject.
      ‘he acquired an intimacy with Swahili literature’
      • ‘Deep within me I rediscovered the man of the American tropics, the geographical man accustomed to an intimacy with nature.’
      • ‘This enduring involvement creates a closeness/intimacy with the text.’
      • ‘They usually have a deeply realized sense of where they ‘belong,’ and exhibit a profound intimacy with their local environs.’
      • ‘His decades-long intimacy with his subject invests The Life and Times of Mexico with a passion and urgency that set it apart from textbook treatments.’
      • ‘It's very rare for a sporting biographer to have simultaneously a genuine intimacy with their subject and the latitude to call a life as they see it.’
      • ‘The film, which has an almost reality-show level of intimacy with its subjects, is remarkable for its scope.’
      • ‘The absolute intimacy with the text that such a process would require seems to negate the idea that the dashes in the first edition were not done by the hand of the author herself.’
      • ‘By contrast, Thoreau's solitude gave him an observant intimacy with nature that enriched his relation to others.’
      • ‘That so fluent and outgoing a piece as his for the LRB achieves such exceptional intimacy with its profound and wide-eared subject is surely a related phenomenon.’
      • ‘Testino's trademark is the intimacy he attains with his subject and his ability to embody the spirit of the fleeting moment.’