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[sohl-sur-ching] /ˈsoʊlˌsɜr tʃɪŋ/
the act or process of close and penetrating analysis of oneself, to determine one's true motives and sentiments.
Origin of soul-searching
1605-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Maybe it's the soul-searching that comes when you are closer to the end of your career than the beginning.
  • Brazilians are no exception, and they readily share their spices as well as the rhythmic pulse of their soul-searching music.
  • It should not be made lightly, which means you must commit to some serious soul-searching.
  • Doing so can help them progress faster and avoid wasting too much time soul-searching.
  • Patients and their families decide to take this step after long-term discussions and deep soul-searching.
  • The financial crisis has prompted budget cuts and soul-searching.
  • More such buzzwords are inevitable as the soul-searching continues.
  • Perceived threats to social stability are provoking the party's soul-searching more than any need for thought control.
  • If some agency placed somehow such an ad for them, there would be a lot of internal soul-searching.
  • In the end, after a ridiculous amount of soul-searching, rationality won.
British Dictionary definitions for soul-searching


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