extroversion [ek-str uh- vur-zh uh n, -sh uh n, ek-str uh-vur-, -stroh-] EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun 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
) a turning
Related forms ex·tro·ver·sive, ex·tro·ver·tive, adjective ex·tro·ver·sive·ly, ex·tro·ver·tive·ly, adverb
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extro- (variant of extra-, contrasting with intro-) + -version, from Latin vertere to turn
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Word Origin and History for extroversion n.
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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n. 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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