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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
First recorded in 1605-15
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  • He paused, and their eyes were locked in a soul-searching look.

  • On the wind was coming the ghost of a smell, faint and horrible and soul-searching.

    The Beach of Dreams H. De Vere Stacpoole
  • I've done some soul-searching myself, and it hasn't been a pleasant task.

    The Lani People J. F. Bone
  • The only questions asked were soul-searching ones put to herself.

    The Foolish Virgin Thomas Dixon
  • She expected some curt, soul-searching question at the end of it.

    The Odds Ethel M. Dell
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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