Definition of inwardness in English:



mass noun
  • Preoccupation with one's inner self; concern with spiritual or philosophical matters rather than externalities.

    ‘I sensed his inwardness and his desire not to talk’
    ‘it's the inwardness of such people, their not caring what happens anywhere else in the world’
    • ‘Their emphasis is on inwardness and the spiritual life, a differentiation between the self of the body and that of the true self, or tman.’
    • ‘Crucially, Capildeo's descriptions of arid, dormant inwardness reveal a preoccupation with the static or unchanging, which relates to her book's encounter with myth.’
    • ‘If the Chinese sages had it right, there's something about womanhood and its yin energy that embraces inwardness, acceptance, inner strength, compassion, joy.’
    • ‘For the first time in fiction, in Don Quixote's absolute inwardness, we discover something like the self.’
    • ‘Slowly I began to grasp what Sisko was after, namely a sense of inwardness and detachment.’
    • ‘It is perfectly true, of course, that inwardness - or self-cultivation or self-overcoming or whatever you like to call it - requires a sufficiency of material goods.’
    • ‘It creates a startling atmosphere of intensity and highly unusual inwardness - sometimes disturbing - and makes it utterly distinct from anything in Western dance and theatre.’
    • ‘On the need for devout inwardness, medieval Catholics and early modern Lutherans were at one.’
    • ‘The abbey's inwardness and composure is fascinating, amidst such a roar of nature.’
    • ‘Chekhov became an interpreter of the underneath life through small observations and comical imitations of daily life even as his characters appear to be cut off from inwardness.’
    • ‘The greatest inwardness was not incompatible with public display of piety.’
    • ‘Argonauts of the future, or shipwrecked sailors of the past, we move from actual space to imaginary space, from inwardness to outwardness, from intimacy to immensity.’
    • ‘The conception of this landscape as ‘remote’ supports the common depiction of the Hoa Hao religion as one of inwardness or otherworldliness.’
    • ‘The continuing failure to see the South Vietnamese as central actors in their own history is one important measure of the continuing inwardness of much scholarly writing on the war.’
    • ‘His studies of the Quakers and of pietism described passive inwardness and feeling as the dominant characteristics of the German Enlightenment.’
    • ‘Their one consistent quality is their inwardness.’
    • ‘In any case, they were all clearly under the spell of the work itself, and the seething inwardness of the poetic vision conjured up by Barenboim and his orchestra.’
    • ‘As early as 1931, he had fully grasped the kind of inwardness that the camera required for the expression of maximum behavioral intimacy.’
    • ‘More and more I am trying to discover an organic form that is true to the particular moment of the particular poem, the simple plain inwardness of that moment.’
    • ‘In their discussion of prayer the rabbis of the Talmud introduced the concept of kavvana (direction, intention), or inwardness.’