introspection

Part of speech: adjective

introspective

Part of speech: noun

The act of looking with in; self examination.

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Usage examples "introspection":

  1. The chief trouble with idleness is that it so often means introspection, worry, and impatience, especially to those conscientious souls who would fain be about their business. - "The Untroubled Mind", Herbert J. Hall.
  2. Introspection which starts with the purpose of finding out one's own absurdities is not likely to be very mischievous, yet of course it is not free from dangers any more than breathing is, or the other functions that keep us alive and active. - "Impressions of Theophrastus Such", George Eliot.
  3. Private introspection had become a bore to him. - "Erik Dorn", Ben Hecht.