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Definition 1: the quality or state of being inward or internal - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where inwardness or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the inwardness of the body's organs

(inwardness is a kind of ...) the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated

"the position of the hands on the clock" "he specified the spatial relations of every piece of furniture on the stage"

Definition 2: preoccupation with what concerns human inner nature (especially ethical or ideological values) - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where inwardness or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Socrates' inwardness, integrity, and inquisitiveness

Synonyms for inwardness in the sense of this definition

(inwardness is a kind of ...) (psychology) an introverted disposition; concern with one's own thoughts and feelings

(... is a kind of inwardness ) concern with things of the spirit

(... are attributes of inwardness) relating to or existing in the mind or thoughts

"a concern with inward reflections"

Definition 3: preoccupation especially with one's attitudes and ethical or ideological values - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where inwardness or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the sensitiveness of James's characters, their seeming inwardness
  • inwardness is what an Englishman quite simply has, painlessly, as a birthright

(inwardness is a kind of ...) the state of a person's cognitive processes

Definition 4: the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where inwardness or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the gist of the prosecutor's argument
  • the heart and soul of the Republican Party
  • the nub of the story

Synonyms for inwardness in the sense of this definition

(inwardness is a kind of ...) the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned

(... is a kind of inwardness ) (plural) the most basic facts or elements

"he told us only the bare bones of the story"

(... is a kind of inwardness ) (metaphysics) essential nature or underlying reality

(... is a kind of inwardness ) the essence that makes something the kind of thing it is and makes it different from any other

(... is a kind of inwardness ) the purest and most concentrated essence of something

(... is a kind of inwardness ) a critically important or characteristic component

"suspense is the very stuff of narrative"

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