Definition of inwardness in English:



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

    • ‘For the first time in fiction, in Don Quixote's absolute inwardness, we discover something like the self.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the need for devout inwardness, medieval Catholics and early modern Lutherans were at one.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their one consistent quality is their inwardness.’
    • ‘In their discussion of prayer the rabbis of the Talmud introduced the concept of kavvana (direction, intention), or inwardness.’
    • ‘If the Chinese sages had it right, there's something about womanhood and its yin energy that embraces inwardness, acceptance, inner strength, compassion, joy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The abbey's inwardness and composure is fascinating, amidst such a roar of nature.’
    • ‘Slowly I began to grasp what Sisko was after, namely a sense of inwardness and detachment.’
    • ‘The greatest inwardness was not incompatible with public display of piety.’
    • ‘The conception of this landscape as ‘remote’ supports the common depiction of the Hoa Hao religion as one of inwardness or otherworldliness.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His studies of the Quakers and of pietism described passive inwardness and feeling as the dominant characteristics of the German Enlightenment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As early as 1931, he had fully grasped the kind of inwardness that the camera required for the expression of maximum behavioral intimacy.’