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 ?
It has no great moments of self-confidence, or moments not less great of doubt and heart-searching.
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.
I sat with him listening (not for the first time) to these heart-searchings till I grew thoroughly sleepy, and then I left him and turned in on board my ship.
However, the 23-year-old former skipper only made his choice after much heart-searching.
After much heart-searching we decided that to cancel would be giving in to the terrorists.
After a lot of talking and heart-searching in training, the positive result was there for all to see.
From the Number One bestselling author, Sheila O'Flanagan, comes an unputdownable, heart-searching new novel for every woman who still remembers her first love.
I imagine many of us have at one time or another probably asked ourselves heart-searching questions such as: Does God forgive?
In spite of--perhaps because of--the regular heart-searching that accompanies much discussion of opera in financially straitened times, books about it continue to appear.
So it took much heart-searching to agree to move to Birmingham, even though it was financially streets ahead of what Caley Thistle could table.
Is Mr Osborne seriously telling us that financial decisions are currently taken in London only after heart-searching analyses of their effects on Wales and Scotland?
Instead, back in the USA there came the call to the general secretaryship of the RCA to which after much heart-searching Granberg-Michaelson offered himself in 1994, and in which he served for 17 years.