a thorough examination of one's feelings and motives; a self-examination of one's conscience.

Related formsheart-search·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for heart-searching

Historical Examples of heart-searching

  • 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.

  • The child drove the heart-searching question straight into him.

    Carmen Ariza

    Charles Francis Stocking

British Dictionary definitions for heart-searching



examination of one's feelings or conscience
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