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
introspective \ ˌin-​trə-​ˈspek-​tiv How to pronounce introspective (audio) \ adjective
introspectively adverb
introspectiveness noun

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

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This is prime ground for dramatic introspection, something Chazelle and Willimon have both earned acclaim for. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "New trailers for The First and First Man highlight the human cost of spaceflight," 29 Aug. 2018 Cool was unemotional and solitary, a dry energy that emanated from introspection and attitude rather than from conceit and swagger. Marc Myers, WSJ, "The Original Cool of TV’s Peter Gunn," 31 Aug. 2018 This required a lot of introspection and took some time. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber’s self-driving cars return to public roads for the first time since fatal crash," 20 Dec. 2018 These critiques often push for collective introspection rather than the removal of any given work, though some fans do call on the archive to draw lines around what’s offensive and what’s not. Elizabeth Minkel, The Verge, "The online free speech debate is raging in fan fiction, too," 8 Nov. 2018 His private writings also reveal a tenderness and capacity for introspection that might have surprised his contemporaries. Joel Lobenthal, WSJ, "‘Jerome Robbins: A Life in Dance’ Review: Between Two Traditions," 11 Oct. 2018 And apparently without the capacity for introspection. William Lee,, "'The Chi' recap Episode 9: In Tracy and Quentin, some dark histories show their faces," 12 Mar. 2018 Kane hopes the void of advertising and marketing messages inspire instances of unexpected introspection in commuters. Maria Carter, Country Living, "See How This Artist Camouflaged Freeway Billboards With Nature Scenes," 27 July 2015 With a stuttering economy and a reputation for fostering jihad against its neighbors, the troubled nation needs a dose of introspection. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Will Imran Khan Turn Pakistan Into an Islamic Welfare State?," 12 July 2018

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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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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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