[ek-struh-vur-zhuh n, -shuh n, ek-struh-vur-, -stroh-]
- Also extraversion. Psychology.
- the act of directing one's interest outward or to things outside the self.
- the state of being concerned primarily with things outside the self, with the external environment rather than with one's own thoughts and feelings.Compare introversion(def 3).
- Pathology. a turning inside out, as of the eyelids or of the bladder.
Origin of extroversion
1650–60; 1915–20 for def 1; extro- + Latin versiōn- (stem of versiō) a turning
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Examples from the Web for extroversion
However, researchers have found that, by 2nd or 3rd grade, extroversion is only half as important.The New Child-Testing Craze
Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman
February 17, 2010
This terminology, Introversion and Extroversion, is bound up with my way of regarding mental phenomena as forms of energy.
The introversion type only knows the thought principle, and the extroversion type only that of feeling.
- psychol the directing of one's interest outwards, esp towards social contacts
- pathol a turning inside out of an organ or part
C17: from extro- (variant of extra-, contrasting with intro-) + -version, from Latin vertere to turn
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Word Origin and History for extroversion
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A turning inside out, as of an organ or part.
- Interest in one's environment or in others as opposed to or to the exclusion of oneself.
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