inwardness

[in-werd-nis]
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.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English; see inward, -ness

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inward (ˈɪnwəd)
 
adj
1.  going or directed towards the middle of or into something
2.  situated within; inside
3.  of, relating to, or existing in the mind or spirit: inward meditation
4.  of one's own country or a specific country: inward investment
 
adv
5.  a variant of inwards
 
n
6.  the inward part; inside
 
'inwardness
 
n

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Example sentences
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.
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