self-communing

noun
self-com·​mun·​ing | \ ˌself-kə-ˈmyü-niŋ How to pronounce self-communing (audio) \
plural self-communings

Definition of self-communing

: the act or an instance of communicating intimately with oneself : communion with oneself But for the most part, the characters are engaged in a sort of self-communing, a struggle to come to terms with conflicts and contradictions they sense within themselves.— Barry Unsworth And while [Yo-Yo] Ma produced undeniably beautiful playing in the final movement, the leisurely lingering and self-communing barely skirted self-indulgence.— Lawrence Johnson It was only after self-communings in the Arizona desert and deciding to write purely what interested him that he became truly himself and acquired a genuine following.— Paul Driver

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self-communing adjective
"This very day, remember" said he; and then added, in a low, self-communing voice, "Why should we live in this dismal house at all? …" — Nathaniel Hawthorne … played … without a trace of ostentation or exaggeration, but with the quiet, self-communing placing of chords, plucking of strings, and shaping of lines … — Conrad Wilson

First Known Use of self-communing

1665, in the meaning defined above

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“Self-communing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-communing. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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