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

Examples of inwardness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What remains most in one’s memory after an immersion in Keaton are the quiet, uncanny shots of him in seclusion, his sensitive face registering his own inwardness. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 24 Jan. 2022 The new inwardness which is to be our choice which is out of absolute necessity the motive of my own choosing is really a declaration of the self and its power. Jarrett Earnest, The New York Review of Books, 17 Nov. 2021 The essence of her beauty, in recent years, is its inwardness. Susan Dominus Photographs By Joshua Kissi Styled By Ian Bradley Sasha Weiss Photographs By Collier Schorr Styled By Jay Massacret Megan O’grady Portrait By Mickalene Thomas And Racquel Chevremont Ligaya Mishan Photographs By Tina Barney, New York Times, 14 Oct. 2021 His starkly slow tempos — with the works running, in some cases, a minute or longer than usual — give these nocturnes a Satie-like inwardness. New York Times, 13 Aug. 2021 What the early monks and the Christian mystics who followed sought was union—an intense experience of inwardness that is glaringly absent in what many of us get from American Christianity today. Fred Bahnson, Harpers Magazine, 5 Jan. 2021 Kierkegaard’s concept of inwardness gives us this task in a very different form. Christopher Beha, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2020 Most of all, perhaps, a reading of inwardness could be prompted by her own layered self-invention, exemplified in her decision to become Anna Kavan in the first place. Lidija Haas, Harper's magazine, 20 Jan. 2020 So Baccini, De Nicolao, and their team set out to develop an indicator of inwardness, which measures both self-referential and intranational citations. Giorgia Guglielmi, Science | AAAS, 11 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of inwardness

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Inwardness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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