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soul-searching

[sohl-sur-ching] /ˈsoʊlˌsɜr tʃɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act or process of close and penetrating analysis of oneself, to determine one's true motives and sentiments.
Origin of soul-searching
1605-1615
1605-15
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  • History teaches us that wealth, whenever it has come to them by chance, has put an end to their soul-searching.

    A Book of Prefaces H. L. Mencken
  • He paused, and their eyes were locked in a soul-searching look.

  • Frank leaned against a lathe, watching the others, the frosty thrill and soul-searching hidden inside himself.

    The Planet Strappers Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • I've done some soul-searching myself, and it hasn't been a pleasant task.

    The Lani People J. F. Bone
  • The proof to which God put Abraham is the most soul-searching proof that ever comes into human lives.

    Living for the Best James G. K. McClure
British Dictionary definitions for soul-searching

soul-searching

noun
1.
deep or critical examination of one's motives, actions, beliefs, etc
adjective
2.
displaying the characteristics of deep or painful self-analysis
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