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[in-mohst or, esp. British, -muh st] /ˈɪnˌmoʊst or, esp. British, -məst/
situated farthest within:
the inmost recesses of the forest.
most intimate or secret:
one's inmost thoughts.
Origin of inmost
before 900; Middle English (see in-1, -most); replacing inmest, Old English innemest, equivalent to inne- within + -mest -most Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • For over a year they both religiously guarded their secret, buried like a treasure in the inmost recesses of their hearts.

    File No. 113 Emile Gaboriau
  • And then she began to do a curious thing which had grown to be a part of his inmost life.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • In his inmost heart Frank was glad that she should be jealous, and he watched her out of the corner of his eye.

    A Duet Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Hindmost sole, possibly “inmost soul”; wisk, possibly “whisk.”

  • Whoever was able to know Rolland's inmost essence, acquired, as in the ancient saga, new energy for the wrestle with brute force.

    Romain Rolland Stefan Zweig
  • "You are not always to rule him, little lady," she thinks in her inmost soul.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • I have thus been horrified at times to see how little of my inmost self is more than hinted at in my writings.

    Friedrich Nietzsche Georg Brandes
  • This was not the man she had dreamed of—the unknown of her inmost heart.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Barnes, looking around quickly to see who had read his inmost thoughts, met the firm glance of his antagonist.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • For the first time that look seemed to exclude him from her inmost life.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
British Dictionary definitions for inmost


another word for innermost
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for inmost

Old English innemest; see in + -most.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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