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English noun: inwardness

1. inwardness (cognition) the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience

SamplesThe gist of the prosecutor's argument.
The heart and soul of the Republican Party.
The nub of the story.

Synonymscenter, centre, core, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, kernel, marrow, meat, nitty-gritty, nub, pith, substance, sum

Broader (hypernym)cognitive content, content, mental object

Narrower (hyponym)bare bones, haecceity, hypostasis, quiddity, quintessence, stuff

2. inwardness (cognition) preoccupation especially with one's attitudes and ethical or ideological values

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

Broader (hypernym)cognitive state, state of mind


3. inwardness (attribute) the quality or state of being inward or internal

SamplesThe inwardness of the body's organs.

Broader (hypernym)position, spatial relation

Antonymsexternality, outwardness

4. inwardness (attribute) preoccupation with what concerns human inner nature (especially ethical or ideological values)

SamplesSocrates' inwardness, integrity, and inquisitiveness.


Broader (hypernym)introversion

Narrower (hyponym)otherworldliness, spiritism, spiritualism, spirituality



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