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 for inwardness
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Inwardness \In"ward*ness\, n.
     1. Internal or true state; essential nature; as, the
        inwardness of conduct.
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              Sense can not arrive to the inwardness
              Of things.                            --Dr. H. More.
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     2. Intimacy; familiarity. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     3. Heartiness; earnestness.
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              What was wanted was more inwardness, more feeling.
                                                    --M. Arnold.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some
           idea or experience; "the gist of the prosecutor's
           argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party";
           "the nub of the story" [syn: kernel, substance, core,
           center, centre, essence, gist, heart, heart and
           soul, inwardness, marrow, meat, nub, pith,
           sum, nitty-gritty]
      2: preoccupation especially with one's attitudes and ethical or
         ideological values; "the sensitiveness of James's characters,
         their seeming inwardness"; "inwardness is what an Englishman
         quite simply has, painlessly, as a birthright" [ant:
      3: the quality or state of being inward or internal; "the
         inwardness of the body's organs" [ant: externality,
      4: preoccupation with what concerns human inner nature
         (especially ethical or ideological values); "Socrates'
         inwardness, integrity, and inquisitiveness"- H.R.Finch [syn:
         inwardness, internality] [ant: outwardness]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  21 Moby Thesaurus words for "inwardness":
     depth, essentiality, experience, familiarity, fundamentality,
     immanence, inbeing, indigenousness, indwelling, inherence,
     innateness, innerness, inness, interiority, internality,
     internalization, intimacy, intrinsicality, introversion,
     nonobjectivity, subjectivity

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