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[in-tuh-muh-see] /ˈɪn tə mə si/
noun, plural intimacies.
the state of being intimate.
a close, familiar, and usually affectionate or loving personal relationship with another person or group.
a close association with or detailed knowledge or deep understanding of a place, subject, period of history, etc.:
an intimacy with Japan.
an act or expression serving as a token of familiarity, affection, or the like:
to allow the intimacy of using first names.
an amorously familiar act; liberty.
sexual intercourse.
the quality of being comfortable, warm, or familiar:
the intimacy of the room.
privacy, especially as suitable to the telling of a secret:
in the intimacy of his studio.
Origin of intimacy
1635-45; intim(ate)1 + -acy
2. closeness, familiarity, warmth, affection. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for intimacy
  • 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.
  • It preserves some measure of intimacy and exclusivity.
  • The portraits, all told, have an arresting intimacy.
  • The warmth, shelter, and intimacy of the spot are as attractive to humans as they are to wildlife.
  • It may be electronic, but it is intimacy nevertheless.
  • Realize your lack of intimacy in no way seemed to unduly bother any of these folks.
  • New technology has permitted the intimacy that used to be possible only within a cluster to take place over long distances.
British Dictionary definitions for intimacy


noun (pl) -cies
close or warm friendship or understanding; personal relationship
(often pl) (euphemistic) sexual relations
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Word Origin and History for intimacy

1640s, from intimate + -cy. As a euphemism for "sexual intercourse," from 1670s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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