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 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 But in reality, whittling down all the things that guide your day-to-day business behavior and actions, and declaring just two or three of them to be a core tenet, requires a lot of introspection. Bill Fahey, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 Engaging in more thoughtful introspection may even surface a potential solution. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 24 May 2021 Among the pivotal moments in Sen. Mazie Hirono’s life — one that forced her into heavy introspection — was when her ex-boyfriend and fellow rising star in the Hawaii political sphere proposed to her. NBC News, 18 May 2021 Flutist and Sounds Modern director Elizabeth McNutt, along with violinist Mia Detwiler and violist Kathleen Crabtree, emphasized crunchy dissonances, but also played reflective passages with considerable introspection. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 17 May 2021 The Japanese contemporary artist, who spent her childhood among the fields of her family’s seed nursery in Japan, comes full circle in this introspection on nature. Connie Foong, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 May 2021 When the coronavirus pandemic first gripped the United States, in March, 2020, a surge of introspection overtook Sydney Bowie Linden. The New Yorker, 12 May 2021 That album had exhibited the artist’s introspection on sexuality and self-worth — alongside more precarious themes of domestic violence and depression. Kovie Biakolo, Vulture, 24 Apr. 2021 That tenuous situation prompted introspection for Hallman and his team. John Talty |, al, 9 Mar. 2021

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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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9 Jun 2021

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“Introspection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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 introspection (audio) \ adjective


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