intimacy

[in-tuh-muh-see]
noun, plural intimacies.
1.
the state of being intimate.
2.
a close, familiar, and usually affectionate or loving personal relationship with another person or group.
3.
a close association with or detailed knowledge or deep understanding of a place, subject, period of history, etc.: an intimacy with Japan.
4.
an act or expression serving as a token of familiarity, affection, or the like: to allow the intimacy of using first names.
5.
an amorously familiar act; liberty.
6.
sexual intercourse.
7.
the quality of being comfortable, warm, or familiar: the intimacy of the room.
8.
privacy, especially as suitable to the telling of a secret: in the intimacy of his studio.

Origin:
1635–45; intim(ate)1 + -acy


2. closeness, familiarity, warmth, affection.
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intimacy (ˈɪntɪməsɪ)
 
n , pl -cies
1.  close or warm friendship or understanding; personal relationship
2.  euphemistic (often plural) sexual relations

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intimacy
1640s, from intimate. As a euphemism for "sexual intercourse," from 1670s.
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Example sentences
Researchers use an online survey to determine how secure people are about
  intimacy.
He had that gift for intimacy with any number of people.
Forced intimacy with good-looking people, this is the common thread.
My students told me they have little time for intimacy.
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