Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Farthest within; innermost.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. The very deepest within; farthest from the surface or external part; innermost

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Deepest within; farthest from the surface or external part; innermost.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Furthest within; remotest from the boundary, surface, or external part: as, the inmost recesses of a forest.
  • Deepest; most interior or intimate; most real or vital.
  • n. The most interior part.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. being deepest within the self
  • adj. situated or occurring farthest within

Etymologies

From Middle English inmost, from Old English innemest, a double superlative form from inne ("within"), from in ("in"). The modern form is due to confusion with most. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The holie of holies, that is, the inmost and holiest place of the Ievves Temple, as it vvere the Chauncel.

    The Bible, Douay-Rheims, Complete

  • It was plain that he loved them, that they came nearer to expressing his real -- that is, his inmost -- self.

    Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise, Volume II

  • The true temple stood separate, in the midst of these buildings, its interior being divided by a curtain into two parts, of which the inmost was the Holy of

    Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15) The Romance of Reality

  • The outer is of the day, under the empire of mode; the outer passes away, in swift endless changes; the inmost is the same yesterday, today and forever.

    Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History

  • There are three things of which every man consists, and which follow in an orderly connection, -- the soul, the mind, and the body: his inmost is the soul, his middle is the mind, and his ultimate is the body.

    The Delights of Wisdom Pertaining to Conjugial Love

  • Innocence and peace are the two inmost principles of heaven; they are called inmost principles, because they proceed immediately from the

    The Delights of Wisdom Pertaining to Conjugial Love

  • The outward court is a square of forty feet, and includes two other courts: in the inmost are the royal apartments, which I was very desirous to see, but found it extremely difficult; for the great gates, from one square into another, were but eighteen inches high, and seven inches wide.

    Gulliver's Travels

  • a square of forty feet, and includes two other courts: in the inmost are the royal apartments, which I was very desirous to see, but found it extremely difficult; for the great gates, from one square into another, were but eighteen inches high and seven inches wide.

    Gulliver's Travels

  • Had they not shared the last morsel of fish, the last pinch of tobacco, the last and inmost thought, on the barren stretches of Bering Sea, in the heartbreaking mazes of the

    THE PRIESTLY PREROGATIVE

  • And it is indeed a very clever and tactful woman who can do all this, and do it so subtly that the man receives all the credit and believes in his inmost heart that everything is due to him and him alone.

    THE PRIESTLY PREROGATIVE

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