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introspection

[ in-truh-spek-shuhn ]

noun

  1. observation or examination of one's own mental and emotional state, mental processes, etc.; the act of looking within oneself.

    Synonyms: soul-searching, self-examination

  2. the tendency or disposition to do this.


introspection

/ ˌɪntrəˈspɛkʃən /

noun

  1. the examination of one's own thoughts, impressions, and feelings, esp for long periods


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Derived Forms

  • ˌintroˈspectional, adjective
  • ˌintroˈspectively, adverb
  • ˌintroˈspectionist, noun
  • ˌintroˈspectiveness, noun
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Other Words From

  • intro·spection·al adjective
  • intro·spection·ist noun adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of introspection1

First recorded in 1670–80; from Latin intrōspect(us) “looked within” (past participle of intrōspicere “to look within,” from intrō- intro- + -spicere, combining form of specere “to see, observe, look”) + -iō -ion
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Word History and Origins

Origin of introspection1

C17: from Latin intrōspicere to look within, from intro- + specere to look
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Example Sentences

His songs seem designed to reconcile years of stylistic arm-wrestling on Music Row, tempering the zesty testosterone of, say, Florida Georgia Line with the temperate introspection of, say, Chris Stapleton.

This year will forever be known as the year that brought introspection, slowed people down and had them focus less on business and more on family.

She just wove them through with a little more philosophy and introspection.

The whole family might benefit from some introspection on this issue.

Interestingly enough, the one book that was a catalyst for how I thought about and approached both my work—and personal and professional mission—was a book that was not about productivity or self introspection at all.

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Solitude activates the imagination, and invites introspection.

His attempts at thoughtfulness fall flat, especially when he attempts On Walden Pond-esque introspection and self-assessment.

Still, some introspection on the part of Hillel International might be worthwhile.

Introspection might be your bag, or you might prefer to be a spectator.

The most startling thing about Babbitt today is not its satire but the haunting, if brief, moments of introspection.

Reflection, introspection, brooding over mental and spiritual pain became impossible.

I had not learned to question any emotion, and introspection troubled me no more than it did my pointer dog.

This discovery gives me a fit 48 of introspection and I discover that I am, indeed, a narrow-minded little pinhead.

On this point, the argument against introspection must be rejected.

The criticism of introspection has been in the main the work of American psychologists.

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