Definition of inwardly in US English:

inwardly

adverb

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

Old English inweardlīce (see inward, -ly).

Pronunciation

inwardly

/ˈɪnwərdli//ˈinwərdlē/