searchingness

searching

[sur-ching]
adjective
1.
examining carefully or thoroughly: a searching inspection.
2.
acutely observant or penetrating: a searching glance; a searching mind.
3.
piercing or sharp: a searching wind.

Origin:
1570–80; search + -ing2

searchingly, adverb
searchingness, noun
self-searching, adjective, noun
unsearching, adjective
unsearchingly, adverb
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searching (ˈsɜːtʃɪŋ)
 
adj
keenly penetrating: a searching look
 
'searchingly
 
adv
 
'searchingness
 
n

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search
early 14c., from O.Fr. cerchier "to search," from L. circare "go about, wander, traverse," from circus "circle." The noun is first recorded c.1400. Phrase search me as a verbal shrug of ignorance first recorded 1901. Search warrant first attested 1739. Search-light recorded from 1883.
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