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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 In·ward·ness, n.
 1. Internal or true state; essential nature; as, the inwardness of conduct.
 Sense can not arrive to the inwardness
 Of things.   --Dr. H. More.
 2. Intimacy; familiarity. [Obs.]
 3. Heartiness; earnestness.
    What was wanted was more inwardness, more feeling.   --M. Arnold.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some
           idea or experience; "the gist of the prosecutor's
           argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party";
           "the nub of the story" [syn: kernel, substance, core,
            center, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul,
            marrow, meat, nub, pith, sum, nitty-gritty]
      2: preoccupation especially with one's attitudes and ethical or
         ideological values; "the sensitiveness of James's
         characters, their seeming inwardness"; "Socrates'
         inwardness, integrity, and inquisitiveness" [ant: outwardness]
      3: the quality or state of being inward or internal; "the
         inwardness of the body's organs" [ant: outwardness]
      4: preoccupation with what concerns human inner nature
         (especially ethical or ideological values); "Socrates'
         inwardness, integrity, and inquisitiveness"- H.R.Finch
         [ant: outwardness]