inner man


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inner man

n
1. a man's mind, soul, or nature
2. jocular the stomach or appetite

in′ner man′


n.
1. one's spiritual or intellectual being.
2. Facetious. one's stomach or appetite.
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When he hurried that confidential servant, it was a sure sign of disturbance in the inner man.
This attracts the soul, Governs the inner man, the nobler part; That other o'er the body only reigns, And oft by force--which to a generous mind So reigning can be no sincere delight.
He had not expected that the journey would be a long one; but when, league after league, he had been misled as to the distance by the lying statements of the peasants, he thought it would be prudent not to venture any farther without fortifying the inner man.
Dimmesdale reached home, his inner man gave him other evidences of a revolution in the sphere of thought and feeling.
Firmly convinced as he was of the truths revealed to him by his benefactor, and happy as he had been in perfecting his inner man, to which he had devoted himself with such ardor- all the zest of such a life vanished after the engagement of Andrew and Natasha and the death of Joseph Alexeevich, the news of which reached him almost at the same time.
It had been a simple, a nutritious diet; but there had been nothing exciting about it, and the odour of Burgundy, and the smell of French sauces, and the sight of clean napkins and long loaves, knocked as a very welcome visitor at the door of our inner man.
52) In literary figures, with whom the North American was most concerned, this inner man was the inspiration that had produced his literary works.
I pictured Bush, whose crooked smile always seemed to me to be an outer reflection of the inner man.
Clearly a labor of love, the script by Robert Greenfield, a former Rolling Stone magazine editor and Graham biographer, does a decent job of summoning Graham's turbulent heyday, but fails to render the inner man in his oversize messiness.
One misses in this biography the warmth and even tenderness of tone that Louis Martz's Thomas More: The Search for the Inner Man brings to a description of More's family life and the rhetorical schola More established to teach his beloved children.
We shouldn't forget that underneath that outwardly scary appearance of a man of mayhem and malice lies an inner man capable of mayhem and malice.
Early, very early in my life as a dancer, Doris, in one of her classes, in a discussion of art and the artist, mentioned that a dancer's movement was revelatory of the inner man, his nature and his spirit.