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.

Nearby words

  1. soul music,
  2. soul of, the,
  3. soul sister,
  4. soul-destroying,
  5. soul-kiss,
  6. soulful,
  7. soulfully,
  8. soulless,
  9. soullessly,
  10. soulmate

Origin of soul-searching

First recorded in 1605–15

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British Dictionary definitions for soul-searching

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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