inwardness
noun Date: 14th century 1. internal quality or substance 2. close acquaintance ; familiarity 3. fundamental nature ; essence 4. absorption in one's own mental or spiritual life

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  • Inwardness — In ward*ness, n. 1. Internal or true state; essential nature; as, the inwardness of conduct. [1913 Webster] Sense can not arrive to the inwardness Of things. Dr. H. More. [1913 Webster] 2. Intimacy; familiarity. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] 3.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inwardness — late 14c., from INWARD (Cf. inward) + NESS (Cf. ness) …   Etymology dictionary

  • inwardness — [in′wərdnis] n. [ME inwardnesse] 1. the inner nature, essence, or meaning 2. the quality or state of being inward 3. depth of thought; insight and sensitivity 4. intimacy; familiarity (with) 5. introspection 6 …   English World dictionary

  • inwardness — /in weuhrd nis/, n. 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;… …   Universalium

  • inwardness — inward ► ADJECTIVE 1) directed or proceeding towards the inside. 2) mental or spiritual. ► ADVERB variant of INWARDS(Cf. ↑inwards). DERIVATIVES inwardly adverb inwardness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • inwardness — noun The characteristic of being inward; directed towards the inside …   Wiktionary

  • inwardness — Synonyms and related words: depth, essentiality, experience, familiarity, fundamentality, immanence, inbeing, indigenousness, indwelling, inherence, innateness, innerness, inness, interiority, internality, internalization, intimacy,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • inwardness — in·ward·ness || ɪnwÉ™(r)dnɪs n. preoccupation with a person s concerns or feelings; introspection; essence; intimacy; familiarity …   English contemporary dictionary

  • inwardness — in·ward·ness …   English syllables

  • inwardness —  Подлинная сущность …   Вестминстерский словарь теологических терминов

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