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NOUN (4)

1. the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience;
- Example: "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"
- Example: "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"
- Example: "the nub of the story"
[syn: kernel, substance, core, center, centre, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, marrow, meat, nub, pith, sum, nitty-gritty]

2. preoccupation especially with one's attitudes and ethical or ideological values;
- Example: "the sensitiveness of James's characters, their seeming inwardness"
- Example: "inwardness is what an Englishman quite simply has, painlessly, as a birthright"

3. the quality or state of being inward or internal;
- Example: "the inwardness of the body's organs"

4. preoccupation with what concerns human inner nature (especially ethical or ideological values);
- Example: "Socrates' inwardness, integrity, and inquisitiveness"- H.R.Finch
[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. [1913 Webster] Sense can not arrive to the inwardness Of things. --Dr. H. More. [1913 Webster] 2. Intimacy; familiarity. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. Heartiness; earnestness. [1913 Webster] What was wanted was more inwardness, more feeling. --M. Arnold. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

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 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, sum, nitty-gritty] 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: outwardness] 3: the quality or state of being inward or internal; "the inwardness of the body's organs" [ant: externality, outwardness] 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, nonobjectivity, subjectivity