• WordNet 3.6
    • n inwardness preoccupation with what concerns human inner nature (especially ethical or ideological values) "Socrates' inwardness, integrity, and inquisitiveness"- H.R.Finch"
    • n inwardness the quality or state of being inward or internal "the inwardness of the body's organs"
    • n inwardness preoccupation especially with one's attitudes and ethical or ideological values "the sensitiveness of James's characters, their seeming inwardness","inwardness is what an Englishman quite simply has, painlessly, as a birthright"
    • n inwardness the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience "the gist of the prosecutor's argument","the heart and soul of the Republican Party","the nub of the story"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Inwardness Heartiness; earnestness. "What was wanted was more inwardness , more feeling."
    • Inwardness Internal or true state; essential nature; as, the inwardness of conduct. "Sense can not arrive to the inwardness Of things."
    • Inwardness Intimacy; familiarity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n inwardness The state of being inward or internal; inclosure within.
    • n inwardness Internal state; indwelling character or quality; the nature of a thing as it is in itself.
    • n inwardness Inner meaning; real significance or drift; essential purpose.
    • n inwardness Intimacy; familiarity; attachment.
    • n inwardness The inwards; the heart; the soul.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Inwardness internal state: inner meaning or significance:
    • n Inwardness (Shak.) intimacy, familiarity
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  • Otto Rank
    Otto Rank
    “What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “Grace has been defined as the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul.”
  • John Keats
    “It appears to me that almost any man may like the spider spin from his own inwards his own airy citadel.”
  • Theodore Parker
    “Outward judgment often fails, inward judgment never.”
  • Dag Hammarskjold
    “The longest journey is the journey inwards. Of him who has chosen his destiny, Who has started upon his quest for the source of his being.”
  • Frederick W. Robertson
    Frederick W. Robertson
    “No one can be great, or good, or happy except through the inward efforts of themselves.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. inneweard (adv.).


In literature:

In that coma-like condition she could be outwardly normal while inwardly she was living a life of unrealities.
"The Tyranny of Weakness" by Charles Neville Buck
I feel them begin to prey upon me, working inwards.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
But this inward solitary persuasion we know is nothing, however it may carry away captive the undiscriminating multitude.
"Aurelian" by William Ware
They rot inwardly with it; they are puffed up by it, as a dead body by the vapors of its own decomposition.
"Harvard Classics Volume 28" by Various
Gorki knows that aspiration is not fulfilled without inward struggle and travail.
"Maxim Gorki" by Hans Ostwald
She is mentally cross-eyed from turning her eyes inward so constantly.
"The Love Affairs of an Old Maid" by Lilian Bell
In half an hour Foyle had sold a box of matches, for which he received sixpence with profuse thanks and inward disgust.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
The wall was some ten feet in height, and in the middle of it was a green-painted door which opened inward.
"Aunt Rachel" by David Christie Murray
I spoke quietly, but with inward desperation.
"The Romance Of Giovanni Calvotti" by David Christie Murray
This rendered me so inwardly vain, that I doubt whether any ever exceeded me therein.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon

In poetry:

And tho' mine own eyes fill with dew,
Drawn from the spirit thro' the brain,
I will not even preach to you,
"Weep, weeping dulls the inward pain."
"To J. S." by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Then spoke his wife with inward pride
To think her counsel proved so brave;
'I knew you could not be denied;
'Now bless the gentle hand that gave.'
"Leawood Hall" by Ernest Jones
Them spoke his wife with inward pride
To think her counsel proved so brave;
"I knew you could not be denied;
"Now bless the gentle hand that gave."
"Plough And Loom" by Ernest Jones
Was it the trick of a sense o'erwrought
With outward watching and inward fret?
But I swear that the air just now was fraught
With the odor of mignonette!
"A Newport Romance" by Francis Bret Harte
And all day long had kept a questioning,
Whose inward whispers fill'd my breast with pain;
Then thought I, solitude will surely bring
My quiet back again.
"The First Primrose" by Alexander Anderson
The river seemed to shiver; and, far down
Its darkened length, I saw the sycamores
Lean inward closer, under the vast frown
That weighed above the shores.
"The Cyclone" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Pointing the toes inwards and outwards will ensure that you hit all aspects of the calf .
Time "hardens and colors the clay," he writes, while giving him space to "think and look inward.
In addition to expert guidance and support, you'll benefit from having someone take care of your daily needs so you can focus on looking inward and caring for yourself.
Hold the dumbbells above your chest with your arms straight and your palms facing out (but turned slightly inward).
Of Byron the passional man, we know nearly everything, while of Shakespeare's inwardness we know nothing.
Watching TV, and Looking Inward.
GC Myers' paintings go inward at Kada Gallery.
Look inward , tea party.
Looking Outward or Inward .
The inward journey of Savasana.
Mercury & Uranus Retrograde: Turning Inward .
Arylo's (Choosing ME before WE) unabashedly positive, step-by-step workbook is designed to help women take the compassion, appreciation, and care one would lavish on a companion, and redirect it inward.
Who has made inward journeying his career, having already published numerous biographies on the likes of Virginia Woolf, William Blake and Margaret Laurence -- is a deft and subtle narrator.
As we celebrate 45 years of The Advocate 's history, we look both inward, to our long record of reporting on the struggle for LGBT rights, and outward, to a new generation of activists carrying the torch for equality.
Tapping into our Brain 's Ability to Turn Attention Inward Empowers & Heals.

In science:

The different signs for the vertex o0 and o1 are due to our convention in (4.2) considering always the inward derivative at a vertex.
Anderson Localization for radial tree-like random quantum graphs
For the parameters we have considered, no effective inflation is possible if we start inward of τmin rather than outward.
Roulette Inflation with K\"ahler Moduli and their Axions
These low τ heights are not populated from inward τ -flows.
Roulette Inflation with K\"ahler Moduli and their Axions
The cooling wave propagates inward from the surface and reaches a column depth y∗ at time t ≈ ttherm(y∗ ), the thermal timescale of the layer.
Carbon Detonation and Shock-Triggered Helium Burning in Neutron Star Superbursts
In our current simulations, RWIs do not change the overall picture of inward orbital migration but bring in a non-monotonic behavior to the migration speed.
Disk-Planet Interaction Simulations: (I) Baroclinic Generation of Vortensity and Non-Axisymmetric Rossby-Wave-Instability