introject

verb

in·​tro·​ject ˌin-trə-ˈjekt How to pronounce introject (audio)
introjected; introjecting; introjects

transitive verb

: to incorporate (attitudes or ideas) into one's personality unconsciously
introjection noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web And yet the curious thing here with this new series is that Mr. Irwin has introjected those very same shadows from the contours into the very centers of his expanding arrays. Lawrence Weschler, New York Times, 13 Feb. 2020

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Word History

Etymology

back-formation from introjection, from International Scientific Vocabulary intro- + projection

First Known Use

1924, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of introject was in 1924

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Cite this Entry

“Introject.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/introject. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

introject

transitive verb
in·​tro·​ject ˌin-trə-ˈjekt How to pronounce introject (audio)
1
: to incorporate (attitudes or ideas) into one's personality unconsciously
2
: to turn toward oneself (the love felt for another) or against oneself (the hostility felt toward another)
introjection noun
introjective adjective
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