Definition of intimacy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈin(t)əməsē/

noun (plural intimacies)

1Close familiarity or friendship; closeness: the intimacy between a husband and wife
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  • 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.
  • As a matter of fact, sex is affirmed by sociologists as a source of pleasure and shared intimacy between husband and wife.
  • 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.
closeness, togetherness, affinity, rapport, attachment, familiarity, friendliness, friendship, amity, affection, warmth, confidence
informal chumminess
1.1A private cozy atmosphere: the room had a peaceful sense of intimacy about it
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  • An atmosphere of warmth and intimacy is created, and long-held bodily tensions are released.
  • Gas lamps and good quality mahogany furniture provided an atmosphere of warmth and intimacy.
  • 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.
1.2An intimate act, especially sexual intercourse.
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  • Have older gays lost touch with the value of sexual intimacy?
  • 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.
sexual relations, (sexual) intercourse, sex, lovemaking
dated carnal knowledge
formal copulation, (sexual) congress
technical coitus
1.3An intimate remark: here she was sitting swapping intimacies with a stranger
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In a confessional culture, intimacies are offered to the media for public consumption.
1.4 [in singular] Closeness of observation or knowledge of a subject: he acquired an intimacy with Swahili literature
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  • 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.
  • By contrast, Thoreau's solitude gave him an observant intimacy with nature that enriched his relation to others.
  • They usually have a deeply realized sense of where they ‘belong,’ and exhibit a profound intimacy with their local environs.

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Syllabification: in·ti·ma·cy

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