inwardness inwardness


  1. (n) the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
  2. (n) preoccupation especially with one's attitudes and ethical or ideological values
  3. (n) the quality or state of being inward or internal
  4. (n) preoccupation with what concerns human inner nature (especially ethical or ideological values)




  1. When his photographs work they bid us into a realm of privacy, inwardness and even shame.
  2. Heinrich Bll, by contrast, knows the inwardness of his people's sorrowand only the inwardness.
  3. Lewis' characters have as little inwardness as a fudge sundae.


  1. "If poetry and the arts do anything, they can fortify your inner life, your inwardness," Heaney said.
    on Apr 14, 2009 By: Seamus Heaney Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. Karamanlis noted that Greece's has had a substantive role in drawing up the current Treaty, "we are satisfied with the efforts for drawing up the Treaty; we are satisfied that all of our partners ended this phase of inwardness and stagnation that...
    on Jun 12, 2008 By: Costas Karamanlis Source: Athens News Agency

  3. When Auster writes only about writing, he removes his relation to the outside world, relying on "the sovereignty of inwardness" (1985) and "the severity of his inwardness" (1987), finding "a refuge of inwardness" (1989), and...
    on Aug 20, 2008 By: Paul Auster Source: Times Online

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untenable untenable
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