heart-searching

heart-search·ing

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

heart′-search′ing adj.
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heart-searching

n
examination of one's feelings or conscience
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Translations

heart-searching

[ˈhɑːtˌsɜːtʃɪŋ] Nexamen m de conciencia
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

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
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in classic literature ?
It has no great moments of self-confidence, or moments not less great of doubt and heart-searching. It is an industry which, like other industries, has its romance, its honour and its rewards, its bitter anxieties and its hours of ease.
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. Of course, you will note that I am speaking figuratively rather than literally.
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.
Council leader Mark Pritchard said the review would not take place following a 'heart-searching' discussion about the feedback received from members of the public.
There was lots of heart-searching," he says firmly.
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.
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.
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.