Inwit Definition


(archaic) Inward knowledge or understanding.

"I knew that was so. Every time that inwit twanged -- I have conscience like you, reverend sir!" -- — Marcia Davenport, Constant Image, 1960
Inwit, a term for conscience, suggests the inner senses and interior sensibility, which accords nicely with the current state of the senses under the regime of electric technologies. — Marshall McLuhan, The Agenbite of Outwit, 1998
"What's the matter? Can't a ballplayer - an ex-ballplayer - have a literate vocabulary?" / "Sure. But 'qualm?' " / "How about 'the aginbite of inwit' then?" — Paul Di Filippo, Seeing is believing, Fantasy & Science Fiction: Apr 2003:. Vol. 104, Iss. 4; pg. 131

Origin of Inwit

  • From Middle English inwit (“mind, reason, intellect, understanding; soul, spirit; feeling; the collection of inner faculties; one of five inner faculties; one of the outer bodily senses.; inward awareness of right or wrong, conscience”), from Old English *inwitt, inġewitnes (“consciousness, conscience, knowledge, knowing”), equivalent to in- +‎ wit.

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