- observation or examination of one's own mental and emotional state, mental processes, etc.; the act of looking within oneself.
- the tendency or disposition to do this.
- sympathetic introspection.
Origin of introspection
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1. self-examination, soul-searching.
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Examples from the Web for introspection
Still, some introspection on the part of Hillel International might be worthwhile.Swarthmore Hillel Breaks From Guidelines Over Ban on ‘Anti-Zionist’ Speakers
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Introspection might be your bag, or you might prefer to be a spectator.The 15 Best Things to See at Frieze Art Fair London 2013
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The most startling thing about Babbitt today is not its satire but the haunting, if brief, moments of introspection.American Dreams: 'Babbitt' by Sinclair Lewis
March 19, 2012
A salty pragmatism runs throughout, and only a modicum of introspection is encouraged.Advice From the Oldest Americans
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Introspection is majorly in order, as you address certain excesses and make strides to temper them.What the Stars Hold for Your Week, June 26-July 2, 2011
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Let us proceed at once to test our conclusion by introspection.The Mind and Its Education
George Herbert Betts
We begin with introspection and the eternities, and end in blood and iron.Critical Miscellanies, Vol. I
Perhaps it was his innate feeling, his deep sense of introspection.The Slave of Silence
Fred M. White
The great Thunderer had, as it were, gone into a condition of introspection.In the Track of the Troops
The criticism of introspection has been in the main the work of American psychologists.The Analysis of Mind
- the examination of one's own thoughts, impressions, and feelings, esp for long periods
C17: from Latin intrōspicere to look within, from intro- + specere to look
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Word Origin and History for introspection
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Contemplation of one's own thoughts, feelings, and sensations; self-examination.
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