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

Other Words from introspection

introspect \ ˌin-​trə-​ˈspekt How to pronounce introspection (audio) \ verb
introspectional \ ˌin-​trə-​ˈspek-​shnəl How to pronounce introspection (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 In November 2020, Holmes wrote a piece for Vogue Australia's November issue about how the COVID-19 pandemic — which Alone Together focuses on — allowed for more introspection and quality time with her daughter. Angela Andaloro,, 29 July 2022 Anyone can craft a carefree summer party anthem, but it’s a far tougher task to harness all of the breezy, languid textures of the warmer months in service of melancholy, introspection and doubt. Andrew Barker, Variety, 24 June 2022 Georgas beautifully executes self-introspection, letting her music speak her mind. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, 14 July 2022 Discovering the value your brand holds to consumers takes introspection, research and deep thought. Ernest Ross, Forbes, 3 June 2022 The past two years have also involved self-introspection and reassessment of values and intentions, especially regarding consumerism and consumption. Fawnia Soo Hoo,, 14 Apr. 2022 That introspection, examination of self, and new understanding of what fatherhood means from different perspectives led to arguably the most pivotal performance of his life. Rivea Ruff, Essence, 2 Mar. 2022 On an offhand moment of introspection during one of our calls, Bornstein mentions that her childhood self dreamed of becoming a teacher. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 July 2022 Her delivery is moving but the sentiment is ultimately trite, suggesting that introspection is her strongest creative tool at this point. Mark Richardson, WSJ, 24 May 2021 See More

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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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“Introspection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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 introspection (audio) \ adjective


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