[ek-struh-vur-zhuh n, -shuh n, ek-struh-vur-, -stroh-]


Also extraversion. Psychology.
  1. the act of directing one's interest outward or to things outside the self.
  2. 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
Related formsex·tro·ver·sive, ex·tro·ver·tive, adjectiveex·tro·ver·sive·ly, ex·tro·ver·tive·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for extroversion

Contemporary Examples of extroversion

  • However, researchers have found that, by 2nd or 3rd grade, extroversion is only half as important.

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    The New Child-Testing Craze

    Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman

    February 17, 2010

Historical Examples of extroversion

British Dictionary definitions for extroversion




psychol the directing of one's interest outwards, esp towards social contacts
pathol a turning inside out of an organ or part
Compare introversion
Derived Formsextroversive or extraversive, adjectiveextroversively or extraversively, adverb

Word Origin for extroversion

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

mid-17c., "condition of being turned inside out," noun of action from obsolete verb extrovert (v.) "to turn inside out," from extro- + Latin vertere (see versus). Earliest as a word in mysticism; pathological sense attested from 1836; modern use in psychology attested by 1920.

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extroversion in Medicine



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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