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  • n  the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
  • n  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
  • n  the quality or state of being inward or internal
    the inwardness of the body's organs
  • n  preoccupation with what concerns human inner nature (especially ethical or ideological values)
    Socrates' inwardness, integrity, and inquisitiveness"- H.R.Finch

  • And the people he shows us with their Yankee rectitude, the weathered parchment of their faces and their Nordic inwardness seem to inhabit some prelapsarian America, the .
  • The "subject" is very often simply the dreamy inwardness of people walking or standing on the streets of a great city.
  • When his photographs work they bid us into a realm of privacy, inwardness and even shame.

  • Seamus Heaney in Los Angeles Times
    If poetry and the arts do anything, they can fortify your inner life, your inwardness,Heaney said.
  • Costas Karamanlis in Athens News Agency
    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...
  • Paul Auster in Times Online
    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...

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