soul-searching

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soul-search·​ing | \ ˈsōl-ˌsər-chiŋ How to pronounce soul-searching (audio) \

Definition of soul-searching

: examination of one's conscience especially with regard to motives and values

First Known Use of soul-searching

1924, in the meaning defined above

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“Soul-searching.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/soul-searching. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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soul-searching

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English Language Learners Definition of soul-searching

: the activity of thinking seriously about your feelings and beliefs in order to make a decision or to understand the reasons for your own behavior

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