in·​tro·​spec·​tion | \ ˌin-trə-ˈspek-shən How to pronounce introspection (audio) \

Definition of introspection

: a reflective looking inward : an examination of one's own thoughts and feelings

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Other Words from introspection

introspect \ ˌin-​trə-​ˈspekt How to pronounce introspect (audio) \ verb
introspectional \ ˌin-​trə-​ˈspek-​shnəl How to pronounce introspectional (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of introspection in a Sentence

a moment of quiet introspection not a man given to introspection, he grew impatient with his wife's constant need to discuss their relationship
Recent Examples on the Web Void Moons are known for halting action and promoting introspection, so these are great days to sit with your emotions, to heal, and to collect your thoughts. Venus Australis,, "Your Horoscope This Week," 7 July 2020 Void Moons are known for halting action and promoting introspection, so these are great days to sit with your emotions, to heal, and to collect your thoughts. Venus Australis,, "Your Horoscope This Week," 5 July 2020 There is much to celebrate, but more than just family, food, flags and fireworks, this Fourth of July is also, for many, a moment of introspection and reflection. Indystar, The Indianapolis Star, "Fourth of July: If you could give America one thing for its birthday, what would it be?," 5 July 2020 There’s no time for introspection or reflection, Leveno said. Dallas News, "Inside Parkland COVID unit, caregivers’ fatigue and mental strain grow as ‘more are dying than ever’," 1 July 2020 Few are likely happy about this, but the quiet does offer space for introspection and reflection. Ryan Kost,, "50 years of San Francisco Pride, from Stonewall to Black Lives Matter," 26 June 2020 The good people of San Antonio College watched and listened as a global pandemic gave them time for introspection. Elaine Ayala,, "Ayala: San Antonio College moves closer to eliminating Texas Ranger mascot," 25 June 2020 The recent Black Lives Matter protests sweeping across the nation have spurred deep conversation and introspection in Hollywood regarding depictions of race in popular culture. Frank Pallotta, CNN, "Splash Mountain, a Disney ride based on a controversial film, will be 'completely reimagined'," 25 June 2020 To our community: The past few weeks have been full of introspection for our small but diverse staff here at Sunset. Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, "Our Commitment to the @15percentpledge," 23 June 2020

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First Known Use of introspection

circa 1677, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for introspection

Latin introspectus, past participle of introspicere to look inside, from intro- + specere to look — more at spy

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The first known use of introspection was circa 1677

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26 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Introspection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of introspection

: the process of examining your own thoughts or feelings


in·​tro·​spec·​tion | \ -ˈspek-shən How to pronounce introspection (audio) \

Medical Definition of introspection

: an examination of one's own thoughts and feelings

Other Words from introspection

introspectional \ -​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl How to pronounce introspectional (audio) \ adjective

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