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 formssearch·ing·ly, adverbsearch·ing·ness, nounself-search·ing, adjective, nounun·search·ing, adjectiveun·search·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-searching

Contemporary Examples of self-searching

Historical Examples of self-searching

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for self-searching



keenly penetratinga searching look
Derived Formssearchingly, adverbsearchingness, noun
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