inwardness

[in-werd-nis]
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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. intimacy.

Origin of inwardness

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at inward, -ness
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n.

late 14c., from inward + -ness.

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