[syn: inwardness, internality]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: 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" [syn: kernel, substance, core,
center, centre, essence, gist, heart, heart and
soul, inwardness, marrow, meat, nub, pith,
2: 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" [ant:
3: the quality or state of being inward or internal; "the
inwardness of the body's organs" [ant: externality,
4: preoccupation with what concerns human inner nature
(especially ethical or ideological values); "Socrates'
inwardness, integrity, and inquisitiveness"- H.R.Finch [syn:
inwardness, internality] [ant: outwardness]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
21 Moby Thesaurus words for "inwardness":
depth, essentiality, experience, familiarity, fundamentality,
immanence, inbeing, indigenousness, indwelling, inherence,
innateness, innerness, inness, interiority, internality,
internalization, intimacy, intrinsicality, introversion,