Definition of introspection
: a reflective looking inward : an examination of one's own thoughts and feelings
introspectplay \ˌin-trə-ˈspekt\ verb
introspectionalplay \ˌin-trə-ˈspek-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
introspectiveplay \ˌin-trə-ˈspek-tiv\ 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 of introspection from the Web
By the film’s end, Beckey’s gruff demeanor cracks a bit and filmmakers are able to coax introspection.
Both are insightful beyond their years and freely offer introspection.
While much of the media has been thrown into an existential crisis by the election, Scarborough isn’t much for introspection.
Yet this is also an opportune time for introspection on the part of the aid community.
But the Radikons and others were able to achieve success only through endless experimentation and introspection, which involves admitting mistakes and learning from them.
In Britain, the wars in Iraq and Libya have recently prompted introspection and serious wrestling with hard truths.
If headphones allow for more introspection, do headphone users favor introspective sounds?
Frontman Dan Reynolds has learned to project in front of massive crowds, but his ease and comfort in this cozy room lent a new layer of introspection to the band’s songs.
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Origin and Etymology of introspection
Latin introspectus, past participle of introspicere to look inside, from intro- + specere to look — more at spy
First Known Use: circa 1677
INTROSPECTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of introspection for English Language Learners
: the process of examining your own thoughts or feelings
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