Meaning of “soul-searching” in the English Dictionary

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"soul-searching" in American English

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soul-searchingnoun [ U ]

us /ˈsoʊl ˌsɜr·tʃɪŋ/

deep and careful consideration of inner thoughts:

After much soul-searching, she decided not to run for reelection.

(Definition of “soul-searching” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)