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introversion

[ in-truh-vur-zhuh n, -shuh n, in-truh-vur- ]
/ ˌɪn trəˈvɜr ʒən, -ʃən, ˈɪn trəˌvɜr- /
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noun

the act of introverting or the state of being introverted.
the quality, tendency, or disposition of being introverted.
Psychology.
  1. the act of directing one's interest inward or to things within the self.
  2. the state of being concerned primarily with one's own thoughts and feelings rather than with the external environment.Compare extroversion.

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Nearby words

introrsely, introspect, introspection, introspective, introsusception, introversion, introvert, introverted, intrude, intruder, intruder in the dust

Origin of introversion

1645–55; 1910–15 for def 3; < New Latin intrōversiōn- (stem of intrōversiō). See intro-, version
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British Dictionary definitions for introversion

introversion

/ (ˌɪntrəˈvɜːʃən) /

noun

psychol the directing of interest inwards towards one's own thoughts and feelings rather than towards the external world or making social contacts
pathol the turning inside out of a hollow organ or part
Compare extroversion
Derived Formsintroversive or introvertive, adjective
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Word Origin and History for introversion

introversion


n.

1650s, of thought or contemplation, from Modern Latin introversionem, noun of action from past participle stem of *introvertere (see introvert). Meaning "tendency to withdraw from the world" is from 1912.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for introversion

introversion

[ ĭn′trə-vûrzhən, -shən ]

n.

The act or process of introverting or the condition of being introverted.
The direction of or tendency to direct one's thoughts and feelings toward oneself.
Related formsin′tro•versive (-vûrsĭv) adj.
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