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

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There are moments of introspection and there’s tough things that happen to our characters. Washington Post, "Mindy Kaling, ‘Four Weddings’: optimistic without apology," 20 Aug. 2019 Cerebral in nature, Sakima’s songwriting delves into occasionally uncomfortable topics, offering more introspection than a pop music mixtape usually merits. Alex Blynn, Billboard, "Sakima Gets Real About 'Project Peach' & the Evolution of Queer Music: 'I'm Hungry for a New Vocabulary'," 16 Aug. 2019 That sparked some introspection, as well as actions to ensure that this wasn’t repeated. Iisc Connect, Quartz India, "India’s top science institution is trying hard to fix its “manel” problem," 15 Aug. 2019 On and on, the uppermost words breaking up and floating away, a Star Wars crawl of Buddhist introspection. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Apple Puts the AR in 'Art' (and in 'Transparent Sky-Being')," 16 Aug. 2019 But that kind of introspection was rare at Netroots Nation. John Fund, National Review, "Progressives Are Convinced That Trump Is Toast," 21 July 2019 The 1972 kidnapping and murder of Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists during the Munich Olympic Games also led to a bout of national introspection. Ruth Bender, WSJ, "German Terror Police Probe Politician’s Killing," 17 June 2019 His proclivity for introspection, buying his own groceries and riding motorcycles have just made fans fall more and more in love with the star. Eric Todisco,, "Chris Evans Fanboys Over Keanu Reeves' Hilarious Toy Story 4 Recording Session as Duke Caboom," 14 June 2019 Gers are considered public spaces—the vast outdoors has plenty of room for introspection. National Geographic, "EXPLORE THE WORLD WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC," 26 Mar. 2019

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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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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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