heart-searching

heart-search·ing

(härt′sûr′chĭng)
n.
An examination of one's conscience, innermost feelings, and motives.

heart′-search′ing adj.

heart-searching

n
examination of one's feelings or conscience
Translations

heart-searching

[ˈhɑːtˌsɜːtʃɪŋ] Nexamen m de conciencia

heart-searching

[ˈhɑːtˌsɜːtʃɪŋ] n after much heart-searchingdopo lunghe meditazioni
he came to his decision after much heart-searching → la sua fu una decisione lunga e sofferta
References in classic literature ?
For one would have but to see what is passing within those great, black, grimy houses of the capital, and to penetrate within their walls, for one at once to realise what good reason there is for self-depredation and heart-searching.
It has no great moments of self-confidence, or moments not less great of doubt and heart-searching.
Mr Mathias, 52, from Holmleigh Estate, Newbridge, said: ``We found ourselves in this situation and we had to manage it and make very difficult, heart-searching decisions.
WHY have we been exposed to another round of heart-searching about the ethics of Big Brother?
The scheme is an emotional and physical marathon as the teenagers switch between heart-searching group talking sessions to hard exercise.
I NOTICE disgraced Bishop Roddy Wright, in his recent heart-searching interview, made no reference to his selling his story to one of the most salacious and down- market English Sunday newspapers at the time of the scandal.
The event prompted much heart-searching not only in Laramie (population 26,687) itself, but across America.
Back in the summer there was still a fair bit of heart-searching among Brave Inca's owners as to whether they should stick to hurdles or go novice chasing.
The Corrie source said: "After even more medical consultations and some heart-searching deliberations, Sunita realises that she has no choice other than to undergo the operation.
So-called ``Golden Rice'', producing a high level of Vitamin A, has received some publicity because it has been used in poor countries to counter the blindness caused by vitamin-deficiency (and caused some heart-searching in organisations opposed in principle to GM).
But after a little heart-searching, connections have decided instead to be ambitious and go for the Group Three Theo Fennell Lennox Stakes.
A decision had to be made and after much heart-searching several hundred of us decided to let David's party be laid to rest with him - and our new party was formed.