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inwardly

[in-werd-lee] /ˈɪn wərd li/
adverb
1.
in or on, or with reference to, the inside or inner part; internally.
2.
privately; secretly:
Inwardly, he disliked his guest.
3.
within the self; mentally or spiritually:
Look inwardly to discover the truth.
4.
in low or soft tones; not aloud.
5.
toward the inside, interior, or center.
Origin of inwardly
1000
before 1000; Middle English inwardli, Old English inweardlīce. See inward, -ly
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  • Yet all the while he was inwardly convinced that Lorenzi was Marcolina's first lover.

    Casanova's Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler
  • Always it had distressed him inwardly, but on this particular morning it distressed him more than ever.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
  • Just then the luncheon bell rang, and he 229 went out to the midday “gab-fest,” as he inwardly characterised it.

  • This, it is true, was a fancy of Madame Homais'; her husband was inwardly afflicted at it.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • As there was no help outwardly he had to burrow for it inwardly.

    Justin Wingate, Ranchman John H. Whitson
  • But inwardly all the ardour of his mood collapsed at the touch of her.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
British Dictionary definitions for inwardly

inwardly

/ˈɪnwədlɪ/
adverb
1.
within the private thoughts or feelings; secretly: inwardly troubled, he kept smiling
2.
not aloud: to laugh inwardly
3.
with reference to the inside or inner part; internally
4.
(archaic) intimately; essentially: the most inwardly concerned of the plotters
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Word Origin and History for inwardly
adv.

Old English inweardlice; see inward + -ly (2).

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