introverted

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Etymology[edit]

From introvert +‎ -ed, q.v.

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introverted

  1. simple past tense and past participle of introvert

Adjective[edit]

introverted (comparative more introverted, superlative most introverted)

  1. Turned or thrust inward, particularly:
    1. Thinking about internal or spiritual matters.
      • 1782, William Cowper, "Conversation" in Poems, l. 230:
        ...Self-searching with an introverted eye...
    2. (psychology) Of or characteristic of the personality of an introvert: thoughtful, reflective.
      • 1915, Carl Jung, "On Psychological Understanding", Journal of Abnormal Psychology, No. 9, p. 397:
        An extraverted individual can hardly understand the necessity that forces the introverted to accomplish his adaptation by first formulating a general conception.
      • 1916, Constance Ellen Long transl. Carl Jung as Collected Papers on Analytical Psychology, p. 348
        The introverted type is characterised by the fact that his libido is turned towards his own personality to a certain extent.
      • 1968, Charles Rycroft, A Critical Dictionary of Psychoanalysis, p. 48:
        There is a tendency to equate ‘introverted’ with ‘withdrawn’ or ‘schizoid’.
    3. (poetry and literature) Arranged so that 2 similar words, lines, &c. form the middle of the structure.
      • 1896, Richard Green Moulton, The Literary Study of the Bible, p. 50:
        In the Quatrain Reversed or Introverted, the first line corresponds with the fourth.

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