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inwardness


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Inwardness  \In"ward*ness\,  n. 
  1.  Internal  or  true  state;  essential  nature;  as  the 
  inwardness  of  conduct. 
 
  Sense  can  not  arrive  to  the  inwardness  Of  things 
  --Dr.  H.  More 
 
  2.  Intimacy;  familiarity.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  3.  Heartiness;  earnestness. 
 
  What  was  wanted  was  more  inwardness,  more  feeling. 
  --M.  Arnold. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  inwardness 
  n  1:  the  choicest  or  most  essential  or  most  vital  part  of  some 
  idea  or  experience:  "the  gist  of  the  prosecutor's 
  argument";  "the  nub  of  the  story"  [syn:  {kernel},  {substance}, 
  {core},  {center},  {essence},  {gist},  {heart},  {marrow}, 
  {meat},  {nub},  {pith},  {sum},  {nitty-gritty}] 
  2:  preoccupation  especially  with  one's  attitudes  and  ethical  or 
  ideological  values:  "the  sensitiveness  of  James's 
  characters,  their  seeming  inwardness";  "Socrates' 
  inwardness,  integrity,  and  inquisitiveness"  [ant:  {outwardness}] 
  3:  the  quality  or  state  of  being  inward  or  internal:  "the 
  inwardness  of  the  body's  organs"  [ant:  {outwardness}] 
  4:  preoccupation  with  what  concerns  human  inner  nature  esp 
  ethical  or  ideological  values:  "Socrates'  inwardness, 
  integrity,  and  inquisitiveness"-  H.R.Finch  [ant:  {outwardness}] 




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