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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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  • There is nothing so heart-searching as this faith, “Believe that ye have received.”

  • He had a meeting in the place, and precious and heart-searching was his gospel message.

    Eli and Sibyl Jones

    Rufus Matthew Jones
  • It is a heart-searching and heart-revealing relation, that of a parish to its parson.

    The Joys of Being a Woman Winifred Kirkland
  • It is made the occasion of religious and heart-searching rite.

    Glengarry Schooldays Ralph Connor
  • The child drove the heart-searching question straight into him.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • But the new, strenuous, heart-searching note took her captive.

    Roland Graeme: Knight

    Agnes Maule Machar
  • It was the wistful time, the homesick, heart-searching time.

    The High Heart Basil King
  • Peter being unintrospective, Anna did his heart-searching for him.

    The Street of Seven Stars Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Where then would be our most heart-searching social problems?

  • 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
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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