soul-searching

[ sohl-sur-ching ]
/ ˈsoʊlˌsɜr tʃɪŋ /

noun

the act or process of close and penetrating analysis of oneself, to determine one's true motives and sentiments.

Origin of soul-searching

First recorded in 1605–15
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soul-searching


noun

deep or critical examination of one's motives, actions, beliefs, etc

adjective

displaying the characteristics of deep or painful self-analysis
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