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inwardness

[in-werd-nis] /ˈɪn wərd nɪs/
noun
1.
the state of being inward or internal:
the inwardness of the body's organs.
2.
depth of thought or feeling; concern with one's own affairs and oneself; introspection.
3.
preoccupation with what concerns human inner nature; spirituality.
4.
the fundamental or intrinsic character of something; essence.
5.
inner meaning or significance.
6.
Origin of inwardness
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at inward, -ness
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  • She was in the dark as to the inwardness of the word “Shame.”

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • But do you know anything about the inwardness of this business on Hue and Cry Island?

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • All present realised something of the inwardness of that to which they had just been listening.

    The Day of Judgment

    Joseph Hocking
  • Yet this lesson of inwardness has always been the most difficult of all to learn.

  • The direction in which German philosophy is profound is the direction of inwardness.

    Egotism in German Philosophy

    George Santayana
  • It ought to have gone out of its way to search out the inwardness of the events.

    Freedom's Battle Mahatma Gandhi
  • The man's thought, in its turn, can be made to reveal its own inwardness.

    The Craft of Fiction

    Percy Lubbock
  • I haven't the time to tell you of the inwardness of the deal.

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
Word Origin and History for inwardness
n.

late 14c., from inward + -ness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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