1. The characteristic of being inward; directed towards the inside.
  2. (obsolete) Internal or true state; essential nature.
    the inwardness of conduct
    • Sense can not arrive to the inwardness of things.
  3. (obsolete) intimacy; familiarity
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act 4 Scene 1
      BENEDICK. Signior Leonato, let the friar advise you:
      And though you know my inwardness and love
      Is very much unto the prince and Claudio,
      Yet, by mine honour, I will deal in this
      As secretly and justly as your soul
      Should with your body.
  4. (obsolete) heartiness; earnestness
    • What was wanted was more inwardness, more feeling.
Synonyms Translations
  • Russian: су́щность

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