heart-searching

noun

: introspective analysis or self-examination
the decision was reached only after prolonged heart-searchingTimes Literary Supplement
of course these choices will not have been made without heart-searchings and reservationsA. J. Toynbee

Word History

First Known Use

1647, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of heart-searching was in 1647

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“Heart-searching.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heart-searching. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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