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introvert

[n., adj. in-truh-vurt; v. in-truh-vurt] /n., adj. ˈɪn trəˌvɜrt; v. ˌɪn trəˈvɜrt/
noun
1.
a shy person.
2.
Psychology. a person characterized by concern primarily with his or her own thoughts and feelings (opposed to extrovert).
3.
Zoology. a part that is or can be introverted.
adjective
4.
Psychology. marked by introversion.
verb (used with object)
5.
to turn inward:
to introvert one's anger.
6.
Psychology. to direct (the mind, one's interest, etc.) partly to things within the self.
7.
Anatomy, Zoology. to turn (a hollow, cylindrical structure) in on itself; invaginate.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; intro- + (in)vert
Related forms
nonintroverted, adjective
nonintrovertedly, adverb
nonintrovertedness, noun
unintroverted, adjective
Can be confused
extrovert, introvert.
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Examples from the web for introvert
  • Short and sturdy, he was by temperament an introvert, his whole being dedicated to bookish research.
  • The artist is an incipient introvert who is not far from being a neurotic.
  • The social power of the introvert is now well known.
  • Challenge your inner introvert to attend the social functions.
  • To make matters worse, the protagonist is a laconic introvert of self-avowed mediocrity.
  • But technology, long the domain of the geeky introvert, stepped up to the challenge.
  • If you answered no, then perhaps you are more of an introvert.
British Dictionary definitions for introvert

introvert

noun (ˈɪntrəˌvɜːt)
1.
(psychol) a person prone to introversion
adjective (ˈɪntrəˌvɜːt)
2.
Also introverted. characterized by introversion
verb (ˌɪntrəˈvɜːt)
3.
(transitive) (pathol) to turn (a hollow organ or part) inside out
Compare extrovert
Word Origin
C17: see intro-, invert
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Word Origin and History for introvert
v.

1650s, from Latin intro- "inward" (see intro-) + vertere "to turn" (see versus). The noun, "introverted person" (opposed to extrovert) is 1918, from German psychology, introduced there by C.G. Jung (1875-1961).

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introvert in Medicine

introvert in·tro·vert (ĭn'trə-vûrt', ĭn'trə-vûrt')
v. in·tro·vert·ed, in·tro·vert·ing, in·tro·verts

  1. To turn or direct inward.

  2. To concentrate one's interests upon oneself.

  3. To turn a tubular organ or part inward upon itself.

n. (ĭn'trə-vûrt')
  1. One whose thoughts and feelings are directed toward oneself.

  2. An anatomical structure that is capable of being introverted.

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introvert in Culture
introvert [(in-truh-vurt)]

A term introduced by the psychologist Carl Jung to describe a person whose motives and actions are directed inward. Introverts tend to be preoccupied with their own thoughts and feelings and minimize their contact with other people. (Compare extrovert.)

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