Pronunciation: (in'wurd-nis), [key]
1. the state of being inward or internal: the inwardness of the body's organs.
2. depth of thought or feeling; concern with one's own affairs and oneself; introspection.
3. preoccupation with what concerns human inner nature; spirituality.
4. the fundamental or intrinsic character of something; essence.
5. inner meaning or significance.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.