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introspection

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Definition the contemplation of one's own thoughts and feelings
  • She is not inclined towards introspection.
introspection = contemplation of one's own thoughts and feelings
  • She encouraged both of them to be introspective about how their own assumptions and attitudes might contribute to the conflict.
  • introspective = thoughtful about one's own thoughts and feelings
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
  • The place lends itself to spirituality and introspection.
  • introspection = contemplation of one's own thoughts and feelings
  • This contradiction is lost on him, though; as a dog, introspection is not one of his strong points.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • He was introspective and brooding when he entered the room.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
  • Yet, after a bout of self-introspection, I realized that though I resented him for treating me the way he did, I also felt worried for Derek.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • ROS: A compulsion towards philosophical introspection is his chief characteristic, if I may put it like that.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • I did not read to anyone this evening; I could not, for poetic introspection would bring me to tears.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • Mostly she's quiet and introspective these days.
    Melody Carlson  --  Becoming Me
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
  • A period of introspection, a space of retrospection, then a mixture of both.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Sweat
  • Charles Halloway, citizen, father, introspective husband, nightwanderer, and janitor of the town library.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
  • Introspection would be easy as a dual-edged sword.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • Introspection is the more usual word to express the analytic self-searching so common in these days.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • I was very unaccustomed to introspective, confessional silences any time during the day, but Iwas especially suspicious of morning quiet.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
  • But I see I am becoming unduly introspective, and in a rather morose sort of way at that.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
  • In part, she thought that the break in Oak Creek Canyon had given her too much time for introspection.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • Through travel I first became aware of the outside world; it was through travel that I found my own introspective way into becoming a part of it.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer's Beginnings
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
  • Mother was not an introspective person, King, but she faded away after the Orkneys had killed father and Lamorak.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
  • Miriam had not much to do, so she found time for her beloved reading, and for writing little introspective pieces which interested her.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
  • Her habit of resolutely facing the facts, in her rare moments of introspection, did not now allow her to put any false gloss on the situation.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth

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