in·​tro·​ver·​sion | \ ˌin-trə-ˈvər-zhən How to pronounce introversion (audio) , -shən \

Definition of introversion

1 : the act of introverting : the state of being introverted
2 : the state of or tendency toward being wholly or predominantly concerned with and interested in one's own mental life

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Other Words from introversion

introversive \ ˌin-​trə-​ˈvər-​siv How to pronounce introversive (audio) , -​ziv \ adjective
introversively adverb

Examples of introversion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Or simply accept their deep introversion (or serious disinterest in you). Philip Galanes, New York Times, "People Are Dying. But What About My Basketball Tournament?," 19 Mar. 2020 The 1931 Bernreuter Personality Inventory, for example, evaluates a range of personality traits: neurotic tendency, self-sufficiency, introversion or extroversion and dominance or submission. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian, "The First Personality Test Was Developed During World War I," 24 Sep. 2019 Carbino also finds the binary nature of the test’s results problematic — introversion versus extroversion — since very rarely is personality so black and white. Allie Volpe, Washington Post, "Four letters can say a lot: Why people put their Myers-Briggs personality types in their Tinder profiles," 15 Aug. 2019 Venus did almost all the talking in their joint interviews, introversion be damned. Elizabeth Weil, New York Times, "Did Venus Williams Ever Get Her Due?," 22 Aug. 2019 Over time, what might have been a simple case of introversion grew into an isolating mantra that defined my early life. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Traveling Sober Changed the Way I Saw the World," 10 July 2019 Marshall sings with heart and shows the comedian’s early self-doubt, introversion and anxiety., "The arts help us honor the past and envision the future: Sun Messages," 6 July 2019 Maybe one of them understands introversion better than your husband does. Carolyn Hax, The Seattle Times, "Wife doesn’t want to go on big family trip," 4 Feb. 2019 Many also said that interacting with others within the framework of a game helped them overcome a tendency toward introversion. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "Mensa’s Debate: Deep Thinking or Games and Drinking?," 1 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of introversion

1654, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for introversion

intro- + -version (as in diversion)

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“Introversion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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in·​tro·​ver·​sion | \ ˌin-trə-ˈvər-zhən, -shən How to pronounce introversion (audio) \

Medical Definition of introversion

1 : the act of directing one's attention toward or getting gratification from one's own interests, thoughts, and feelings
2 : the state or tendency toward being wholly or predominantly concerned with and interested in one's own mental life — compare extroversion

Other Words from introversion

introversive \ -​ˈvər-​siv, -​ziv How to pronounce introversive (audio) \ adjective
introversively adverb

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