in or on, or with reference to, the inside or inner part; internally.
privately; secretly: Inwardly, he disliked his guest.
within the self; mentally or spiritually: Look inwardly to discover the truth.
in low or soft tones; not aloud.
toward the inside, interior, or center.
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How to use inwardly in a sentence
Known as “Rummy,” he was a popular student, but classmates also considered him intense and inwardly driven.Donald H. Rumsfeld, influential but controversial Bush defense secretary, dies at 88 | Bradley Graham | June 30, 2021 | Washington Post
It may well have been no big deal to her, but I don't want to be obliviously friendly if she is inwardly bothered.Miss Manners: Rejecting hand-me-downs doesn’t mean rejecting the friend | Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin, Jacobina Martin | May 14, 2021 | Washington Post
I can't even leave the room, because I just know she's inwardly criticizing the size of my butt as I walk away.Carolyn Hax: Walk away from a fat-shamer. It’s the best kind of exercise. | Carolyn Hax | February 18, 2021 | Washington Post
I did a little Kantian reckoning and inwardly came down on Hartman's side.In A Very Deep Way: Remembering Rabbi David Hartman | Bernard Avishai | February 21, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
I spent most of the day inwardly bracing myself for the piercing shriek of a siren to break the silence of the city.
I remember looking at Anat and thanking her inwardly for being brave enough to do what so many women in Israel would not.
And it's a fair bet that Romney inwardly agrees with his economists more than his base.
He cursed himself inwardly for a fool and a dolt—the more pitiable because he accounted himself cunning above others.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
He knew it was a handkerchief, and smiled inwardly as he wondered what Tom Hardy would say if he could see him now.The Cromptons | Mary J. Holmes
Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but inwardly ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.His Last Week | William E. Barton
In this she differed from others of her sect, who strove to convey the idea of humility both outwardly and inwardly.Skipper Worse | Alexander Lange Kielland
In the autumn of 1863, after a visit to Apukhtin, Tchaikovsky returned to Petersburg, externally and inwardly a changed man.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky | Modeste Tchaikovsky
British Dictionary definitions for inwardly
within the private thoughts or feelings; secretly: inwardly troubled, he kept smiling
not aloud: to laugh inwardly
with reference to the inside or inner part; internally
archaic intimately; essentially: the most inwardly concerned of the plotters
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