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[hahrt-sur-ching] /ˈhɑrtˌsɜr tʃɪŋ/
a thorough examination of one's feelings and motives; a self-examination of one's conscience.
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heart-searcher, noun Unabridged
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  • Oh, let this be a heart-searching time with us all; humble us, and exalt thy name, and magnify thy grace.

    The Power of Faith Isabella Graham
  • He had a meeting in the place, and precious and heart-searching was his gospel message.

    Eli and Sibyl Jones Rufus Matthew Jones
  • But the new, strenuous, heart-searching note took her captive.

    Roland Graeme: Knight Agnes Maule Machar
  • It is a heart-searching and heart-revealing relation, that of a parish to its parson.

    The Joys of Being a Woman Winifred Kirkland
  • How will that angry temper, or that darling sin, appear before the heart-searching God of Glory?

  • Peter being unintrospective, Anna did his heart-searching for him.

    The Street of Seven Stars Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • But the heart-searching feature of this strange booming in the night was a rhythm, a pulsation that spoke of life.

    The Pools of Silence H. de Vere Stacpoole
  • Where then would be our most heart-searching social problems?

  • It has no great moments of self-confidence, or moments not less great of doubt and heart-searching.

    The Mirror of the Sea Joseph Conrad
  • No part of the Levitical law is more full of deep, heart-searching truth than the law of the sin-offering.

British Dictionary definitions for heart-searching


examination of one's feelings or conscience
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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