in·​ward·​ness | \ ˈin-wərd-nəs How to pronounce inwardness (audio) \

Definition of inwardness

1 : internal quality or substance
2 : close acquaintance : familiarity
3 : fundamental nature : essence
4 : absorption in one's own mental or spiritual life

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All of the nations showed modest rises in inwardness over time, which can be explained, paradoxically, by a growth in international collaborations. Giorgia Guglielmi, Science | AAAS, "Clubby and ‘disturbing’ citation behavior by researchers in Italy has surged," 11 Sep. 2019 In these works, Sironi, like De Chirico, Morandi and Carrà, each in his own way, penetrated to the inwardness of physical forms to reveal that every object, truly observed, is mysterious. Lance Esplund, WSJ, "‘Metaphysical Masterpieces 1916-1920: Morandi, Sironi, and Carrà’ Review: Every Object’s Mysteries," 16 Jan. 2019 And, unusually, Moser’s interpretation proved more memorable for inwardness than emphatic display. Alan Artner,, "In the heat, Moser, Grant Park Orchestra perform a delicate Dvorak," 30 June 2018 The nearly hourlong Schubert work is a large-scale concert mass and at the same time a deeply personal expression of faith: music of spirituality and inwardness but also music of confession. John Von Rhein,, "Under Muti's baton, CSO Chorus delivers fervent, sensitive reading of Schubert's Mass in E flat," 23 Mar. 2018 Both Agnew and Orlinski leaned toward inwardness in their shaping of phrases. John Von Rhein,, "Youth and experience score separate victories, as Orlinski debuts and Pollini returns," 24 Apr. 2018 The days of fragility or inwardness in Mozart are over. Alan Artner,, "Evgeny Kissin and the Emerson String Quartet ride the wave to a perfect ending," 16 Apr. 2018 The profound inwardness that marks the Biber violin sonatas also informs Zivkovic's surreal soundscape, winner of the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition in 2014, heard in its Chicago premiere. John Von Rhein,, "Echoes of old music haunt the present in season finale of MusicNOW," 23 May 2017

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First Known Use of inwardness

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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