One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Of, denoting, or typical of an introvert.
shy, reserved, withdrawn, reticent, diffident, retiring, quiet, timid, timorous, meek, bashful, unsociableView synonyms
- ‘The introverted Minnesotan in me began to panic.’
- ‘Luke had become an introverted, timid, and overly cautious lover.’
- ‘Confucian culture has had a strong influence on sex roles, producing the stern and extroverted male, and the loving, introverted, and submissive female.’
- ‘We tend to just be all introverted and quiet around each other and then pine for the missed intellectual discourse we could have had.’
- ‘Some evidence suggests that individuals susceptible to mistaken memories are significantly more dissociative, introverted, and more imaginative than those not susceptible.’
- ‘It's funny to see a quiet and introverted practice like mediation as potentially revolutionary, but I think it can be, if it lead you to question your received ideas and attitudes.’
- ‘At times you are extroverted, affable, sociable, while at other times you are introverted, wary and reserved.’
- ‘For example, in any group of people some may be reserved and introverted, while others may be extremely boisterous and extroverted.’
- ‘Though somewhat shy and introverted, you possess a quiet depth and your goodness radiates.’
- ‘An introverted infant will remain introverted for life, suggests recent research.’
- ‘Children experiencing high control but low cohesion have been found to be more introverted and depressed.’
- ‘I think, all evidence to the contrary, she was pleasantly surprised when I turned out to be a studious, introverted, bashful child.’
- ‘This work connected the introverted poet with a new and surprisingly outer-directed passion that would affect many lives.’
- ‘Type-A were considered introverted perfectionists while type-AB were an unpredictable, distant lot.’
- ‘He's so quiet and introverted, but Kay, I like him so much!’
- ‘I'm much more introverted and reflective, quieter really.’
- ‘The singer's compelling, pensive and introverted lyrics were delivered with an unusual diffidence from a band enjoying their level of success.’
- ‘At school age they become cautious, quiet and introverted.’
- ‘He's a quiet, introverted type who hasn't ever begun a Relationship Conversation with me, so I'm pretty sure that it's up to me to get the ball rolling.’
- ‘Television is full of people like me, introverted egomaniacs.’
- 1.1 (of a community, company, or other group) concerned principally with its own affairs; inward-looking or parochial.
narrow-minded, small-minded, provincial, insular, narrow, small-town, inward-looking, limited, restricted, localist, conservative, conventional, short-sighted, petty, close-minded, blinkered, myopic, illiberal, hidebound, intolerantView synonyms
- ‘Now as Western society becomes more introverted and private, such spaces are under threat, but the need remains for poetic and pragmatic responses to public life.’
- ‘Much of the time the different communities lived in introverted quarters, clustered around a mosque, a church or a synagogue.’
- ‘Sectionalism and the Civil War exacerbated these conditions, giving rise to xenophobia and a more introverted society.’
- ‘But it does in a curious way confirm what the Foreign Office minister Brian Wilson was saying on the eve of this conference, that there is a danger devolution could be making Scotland rather more insular and introverted.’
- ‘Think of how grey, introverted, small-minded and parochial Scotland can sometimes be.’
- ‘It was the culmination of Salmond's transformation of the SNP from an introverted nationalist club into the principal opposition in the first Scottish parliament in 300 years.’
- ‘We are not swearing allegiance to an introverted, self serving club but declaring our intentions to help those who place themselves in our care and the community at large.’
(of an organ or other body part) turned or pushed inward on itself.
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