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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
1605-1615
1605-15
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British Dictionary definitions for soulsearching

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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