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[in-werd-nis] /ˈɪn wərd nɪs/
the state of being inward or internal:
the inwardness of the body's organs.
depth of thought or feeling; concern with one's own affairs and oneself; introspection.
preoccupation with what concerns human inner nature; spirituality.
the fundamental or intrinsic character of something; essence.
inner meaning or significance.
Origin of inwardness
1350-1400; Middle English; see inward, -ness Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It ought to have gone out of its way to search out the inwardness of the events.

    Freedom's Battle Mahatma Gandhi
  • But do you know anything about the inwardness of this business on Hue and Cry Island?

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • From this point of view it seems impossible that inwardness should ever become independent.

  • All present realised something of the inwardness of that to which they had just been listening.

    The Day of Judgment Joseph Hocking
  • Its quality of being a brute fact ab extra says nothing whatever as to its inwardness.

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

    Egotism in German Philosophy George Santayana
  • The crystalline substance of her eyes glinted transiently with some inwardness—surprise, a vanishing gladness, it might have been.

    Gladiator Philip Wylie
  • I haven't the time to tell you of the inwardness of the deal.

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
Word Origin and History for inwardness

late 14c., from inward + -ness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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