Pronunciation: (in'wurd-nis),[key] —n. 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.