Definition of soul-searching in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsōl ˌsərCHiNG/


Deep and anxious consideration of one’s emotions and motives or of the correctness of a course of action.
Example sentences
  • The experience was a time of deep reflection and soul-searching.
  • We are, very simply, unprepared for dealing with pangs of shame or for undertaking spiritual soul-searchings.
  • I have a lot of thinking to do, a lot of soul-searching to find my motives for wanting to do this and for why I haven't already.


Involving or expressing deep consideration: long, soul-searching conversations about religion
More example sentences
  • Your team will need to have soul-searching conversations about the supplier responses.
  • Hal admits to having taken it, and after a long soul-searching conversation, father and son are finally reconciled.
  • It is a soul-searching journey, incorporating mind matters and spirit matters, a gradual awakening to the joys of spiritual awareness on a road to discovery.

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