self-examination

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n self-examination the contemplation of your own thoughts and desires and conduct
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Self-examination An examination into one's own state, conduct, and motives, particularly in regard to religious feelings and duties.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n self-examination An examination or scrutiny into one's own state, conduct, or motives, particularly in regard to religious affections and duties.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Self-examination a scrutiny into one's own state, conduct, &c., esp. with regard to one's religious feelings and duties
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Quotations

  • Francois FeNelon
    Francois%20FeNelon
    “Nothing will make us so charitable and tender to the faults of others, as, by self-examination, thoroughly to know our own.”
  • Confucius
    Confucius
    “When you see a worthy person, endeavor to emulate him. When you see an unworthy person, then examine your inner self.”
  • Mencius (Mengzi Meng-tse)
    Mencius (Mengzi Meng-tse)
    “There is no greater delight than to be conscious of sincerity on self-examination.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. self, seolf, sylf; Dut. zelf, Ger. selbe, Goth. silba.

Usage

In literature:

She took Dido's paws in her lap and began anxiously to examine them for any injury, while the dog moaned with self-pity.
"The Story of Bawn" by Katharine Tynan
Here is work for self-examination.
"A Practical Directory for Young Christian Females" by Harvey Newcomb
To set for a hour and a half and examine your own self and meditate on your own shortcomin's.
"Samantha at the World's Fair" by Marietta Holley
And out of all that straw of self-examination I threshed just one little grain of truth.
"The Prairie Wife" by Arthur Stringer
He could see nothing clearly, and there was no time for self-examination.
"Franklin Kane" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Days of humiliation ought to be days of self-examination.
"The Covenants And The Covenanters" by Various
To the Pope it had been a night of searching self-examination.
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
We were breaking into the sacred closet of Nature's self-examination.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 80, June, 1864" by Various
Man fears to be alone; and when left to his own solitary reflections, he dreads the result of self-examination.
"A Dissertation on the Medical Properties and Injurious Effects of the Habitual Use of Tobacco" by A. McAllister
But that is not enough; we must also examine him with regard to amiability of temper and the self-control he was able to exercise.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
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In news:

Having lost the popular vote in five of six presidential elections, Republicans are plunging into intense self-examination.
An autopsy revealed that Lighty , 44, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, a spokeswoman from the city's medical examiner said.
Like Water for Chocolate, the international bestseller that examines feminism, self-growth and Mexican traditions, is being banned from sophomore English classes at Nampa High School.
Like Water for Chocolate, the international bestseller that examines feminism, self-growth and Mexican traditions, is being banned from sophomore English classes at Nampa High School.
Most of the time, I try to avoid too much self-examination, but with all this time on my hands I can't help but wonder, why all the procrastinating .
GOP now faces self-examination — or civil war.
Here is a simple, seven-step routine for breast self-examination .
Sales Truth #3: The Power of Self Examination.
Standard-Examiner correspondent Antone Clark has a self-reliant spirit, both in his work and his life.
Oregon State Medical Examiner confirms musician died of self-inflicted gunshot wound.
One way to prevent skin cancer - a common consequence of all that sunshine - is self-examination.
This survey of drawings from the postwar period to the present examines two strains of modern use: to record repetitive, self-authored systems and to sketch out project proposals.
Official guidelines advise women to carry out breast self- examinations each month.
Official guidelines advise women to carry out breast self- examinations each month, but a survey by IC Pharma showed that most women only examined themselves two to three times a year, and 55% did not know the right way to look for lumps.
GOP now faces self- examination — or civil war.
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In science:

The Kato Rellich theorem gives the essential self-adjointness we have been looking for; the operator Hc,α is bounded below by −β . q.e.d Further we will examine the closure of the operator, initially consid0 (Rn ).
On certain generalized Hardy's inequalities and applications
Therefore let us first examine self-averaging effect of energy density in the above example.
Random phase vector for calculating the trace of a large matrix
One possibility examined by both Skilling & Strong (1976) and Padoan & Scalo (2005) is cosmic-ray self-confinement.
H3+ in Diffuse Interstellar Clouds: a Tracer for the Cosmic-Ray Ionization Rate
Our proof will examine time scales of length n = 2k for k ∈ Zd which is sufficient due to the self-similarity of the limit law.
Simple Random Walk on Long Range Percolation Clusters II: Scaling Limits
We have examined these constraints and found the neutrino mass generation to be self-consistent.
Two-Loop Neutrino Mass Generation through Leptoquarks
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