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Inwart, a. and n. Also: -vart(e, -wert, -vert. [Sc. variant of Inward.]

1. Situated within; inward, inner, interior. 1530 Acta Conc. XLII. 52.
The utir dur, … the inwert dur
1531 Bell. Boece II. 402.
Thay … brint all the inwart partis of his body theirwith
1535 Stewart 7543.
The vtter watche, quhair thai woik all alane, … ; The inwart watche, quhair tha stude in the feild
c 1555 Wemyss Corr. 10.
The noble men of the invart partis of this realme
1562-3 Winȝet II. 61/30.
The inwart chalmer of the kirk
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 331.
The regentis grace … past … throw the inwart clois to the north hall
a1578 Pitsc. I. 224/21.
They counsellit the king to … gang ben to the invart tollbouth
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. i. 2 a.
All the vtensill … within the inwart part of the house

b. fig. Inner or underlying, not on the surface. a1500 Henr. Fab. 119 (Makc.).
Of the inwart sentens & intent Of this fabill … I sal rehers

2. fig. Situated in the mind or spirit conceived as located within the body; inward, inner.Inwart man, = inner man, the spiritual part of one.(1) a1400 Leg. S. xxvii 122.
Ay the mare he has hyre sene With outwart & with inwart ene
1562-3 Winȝet II. 54/30.
That we mot knaw his invart religioun be his fidelitie
a1578 Pitsc. I. 129/5.
It pertenis to God allanerlie to knaw the invart thochtis and heartis of men
1581 Hamilton Cath. Tr. 145.
Not be imputation … of ane vtuard iustice, bot be participation of ane innart instice
(b) 1490 Irland Mir. I. 64/14.
The bodely wittis of man, baithe outwert and jnwert
c1515 Kennedy Asl. MS. II. 275/68.
To … clenge my saull fra lipper syne inwert
c1568 Lauder Minor P. i. 242.
Be no meanis bot be his wourd imbrasing, And it in to thair inwert bowellis placing
(2) 1581 Hamilton Cath. Tr. 147.
The pulchritude of the inuart man [is] the gage and gift of the haly spreit

b. Proceeding from the inmost heart; heartfelt, earnest, fervent. a1500 Henr. Orph. 388 (Asl.).
Orpheus, with inwart luf replet
Ib. 503.
The inwart crabbing and offence That Juno tuke for his gret violence
c1500-c1512 Dunb. vii. 37.
[He] wald of inwart hie effectioun … de in thi defence
1533 Gau 5/17.
The … murning and inuert desir of the hart
Ib. 8/10.
Ane inuert and ane faithful prayer to God
1560 Rolland Seven S. 173.
This Emprice hauand sa greit respect And inwart lufe vnto hir sone alone
a1585 Maitl. Q. lxv. 48.
To behauld hir dolour … Wes to my hairt ane inwart heavie paine

c. Intent, close, attentive. 1560 Rolland Seven S. 4880.
I am quite put furth of ȝour credence, Ȝe gif to thame sa inwart attendance

3. Admitted to close or intimate terms, in favour. a1500 Rauf C. 236.
Ane chyld of hir chalmer, … , And thocht my self it say, maist inwart of ane
1535 Stewart 1535.
He that war maist inwart with the king, At this plesour wald gouverne euerilk thing

4. Occurring within a country or community; internal, intestine. 1535 Stewart 17392.
The thing most dangerous … Amang friendis … Is inwart stryffe, battell and dalie weir
c1590 Fowler II. 42/30.
Sa the kirk of God [may be darkened] ether be externall persecutioun of ennemyis, or by the inwart corruptioun of pasteurs

5. n. a. The inward part, the interior. b. fig. The inner thoughts. c1420 Wynt. viii. 5867.
For the inwart off the kynryk The land had rest, the folk ware ryke
1560 Rolland Seven S. 10213.
I will ȝow schaw the inwart of my minde

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