Definition of inwardly in English:



  • (of a particular thought, feeling, or action) registered or existing in the mind but not expressed to others.

    ‘inwardly seething, he did as he was told’
    • ‘She quietly called and then inwardly winced at how weak her voice sounded to her.’
    • ‘Faith's heart sank with those words, and she cursed herself inwardly for swallowing her pride and coming to him.’
    • ‘They will mention it in newspaper articles and shudder inwardly when the poor talk.’
    • ‘The thought made me inwardly wince and I cast my gaze over the room.’
    • ‘Two can play at this game she thought, giggling inwardly as she relished the look on his face.’
    • ‘I am growling inwardly, and I keep finding non-existent excuses to disappear for coffee.’
    • ‘The design was astounding and it made me weep inwardly that it would be so easy to bring it back.’
    • ‘And don't get too comfy in my head, he thought inwardly, realising his mistake.’
    • ‘He inwardly groaned, he was never going to get out of it now, and he did not relish waking her up.’
    • ‘As the subject of my weblog was brought up in conversation, I found myself inwardly groaning.’
    • ‘The air was beginning to heat up, the city had little air and I inwardly groaned at the prospect of spending the day in that heat.’
    • ‘she winced inwardly when she realised she had just as good as asked how her date with Josh the Wonderful had gone.’
    • ‘This is a genuinely stimulating book that all of us should read and inwardly digest.’
    • ‘Outwardly you become a very confident person, but inwardly not at all.’
    • ‘He put on a show of bravado, but inwardly he was seeking any way out of his predicament.’
    • ‘The film's characters are so inwardly focused that they only rarely emerge from a neurotic bubble.’
    • ‘I did my share of flirting and went home at a decent hour with my husband, sighing inwardly.’
    • ‘He has the courage to act and live with the kind of integrity which we can only inwardly affirm.’
    • ‘If there's a horror fan alive who does not inwardly cringe at the doom-laden sound of slow creaking, they must be deaf.’
    • ‘To meditate as the Buddha did, means to look inwardly and clearly see the very highest.’
    inside, internally, within, deep within, at heart, in one's mind, to oneself
    privately, secretly, confidentially
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Old English inweardlīce (see inward, -ly).