[in-truh-vur-zhuh n, -shuh n, in-truh-vur-]


the act of introverting or the state of being introverted.
the quality, tendency, or disposition of being introverted.
  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.

Origin of introversion

1645–55; 1910–15 for def 3; < New Latin intrōversiōn- (stem of intrōversiō). See intro-, version
Related formsin·tro·ver·sive [in-truh-vur-siv] /ˌɪn trəˈvɜr sɪv/, in·tro·ver·tive [in-truh-vur-tiv] /ˌɪn trəˈvɜr tɪv/, adjectivenon·in·tro·ver·sive, adjectivenon·in·tro·ver·sive·ly, adverbnon·in·tro·ver·sive·ness, nounun·in·tro·ver·sive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of introversion

Historical Examples of introversion

  • And the fatal round of introversion and "complex" starts once more.

  • For some time I have employed the concept of introversion for this condition.

  • Yet was he far from being a recluse, or from being disposed to an excess of introversion.

    Lectures on Art

    Washington Allston

  • And as those in the know have told me, Introversion is the end as far as those outside are concerned.

    The Big Time

    Fritz Reuter Leiber

  • Introversion must be the same as scuttling, its main purpose to withhold secrets and materiel from the enemy.

    The Big Time

    Fritz Reuter Leiber

British Dictionary definitions for introversion



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

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

introversion in Medicine


[ĭn′trə-vûrzhən, -shən]


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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