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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
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see inward, -ness
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  • The teacher is frequently addressed as if he had no life of his own, no body, and no inwardness.
  • The true inwardness of these slogging matches is now common talk.
  • We thought the interior would awake to the true inwardness of the situation be fore it was too late.
  • And this latter seems te us te be the true inwardness of the matter.
Word Origin and History for inwardness
n.

late 14c., from inward + -ness.

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