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[sur-ching] /ˈsɜr tʃɪŋ/
examining carefully or thoroughly:
a searching inspection.
acutely observant or penetrating:
a searching glance; a searching mind.
piercing or sharp:
a searching wind.
Origin of searching
First recorded in 1570-80; search + -ing2
Related forms
searchingly, adverb
searchingness, noun
self-searching, adjective, noun
unsearching, adjective
unsearchingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • Now, if ever, she had need of self-searching--of courage and enterprise.

    Darkness and Dawn George Allan England
  • No amount of self-searching or argument could change the situation.

    Homespun Tales Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • From the condition both of his mind and body he was disposed to self-searching.

    The Youth of Goethe Peter Hume Brown
  • But self-searching is a vice-and-virtue not limited to the Charin tribe, Pakriaa—ask yourself.

    West Of The Sun Edgar Pangborn
  • It was one of those times of self-searching and reflection that occasionally come unbidden in every family circle.

    A Busy Year at the Old Squire's

    Charles Asbury Stephens
  • He did not like the idea of approaching religion in other than a reverent and self-searching attitude.


    Julian Hawthorne
  • Oh for humane feeling, gentle truth, self-searching fear of falsehood!

British Dictionary definitions for self-searching


keenly penetrating: a searching look
Derived Forms
searchingly, adverb
searchingness, noun
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