soul-searching

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soul-search·​ing | \ˈsōl-ˌsər-chiŋ \

Definition of soul-searching 

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

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1924, in the meaning defined above

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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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