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Pronunciation:  'inwurdnis

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  1. [n]  preoccupation with what concerns human inner nature (especially ethical or ideological values); "Socrates' inwardness, integrity, and inquisitiveness"- H.R.Finch
  2. [n]  the quality or state of being inward or internal; "the inwardness of the body's organs"
  3. [n]  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"
  4. [n]  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"

INWARDNESS is a 10 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: center, core, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, kernel, marrow, meat, nitty-gritty, nub, pith, substance, sum
 Antonyms: externality, outwardness, outwardness
 See Also: cognitive content, cognitive state, content, haecceity, hypostasis, introversion, mental object, otherworldliness, position, quiddity, quintessence, spatial relation, spirituality, state of mind, stuff



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: depth, essentiality, experience, familiarity, fundamentality, immanence, inbeing, indigenousness, indwelling, inherence, innateness, innerness, inness, interiority, internality, internalization, intimacy, intrinsicality, introversion, nonobjectivity, subjectivity