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[kon-shuh ns-strik-uh n] /ˈkɒn ʃənsˌstrɪk ən/
greatly troubled or disturbed by the knowledge of having acted wrongfully.
Origin of conscience-stricken
First recorded in 1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He decided to stay away for lunch and tea and supper, and to return at dusk to a penitent, conscience-stricken family.

    More William Richmal Crompton
  • "But I know it myself," said the conscience-stricken maiden.

    Work and Win Oliver Optic
  • He did not turn pale, nor did he look guilty and conscience-stricken.

    Helping Himself Horatio Alger
  • Whether she was moody or conscience-stricken, Annie could not tell.

    The Billow and the Rock Harriet Martineau
  • Whitewood laughed in a disconcerted, conscience-stricken manner.

  • Paul saw these signs of emotion and was conscience-stricken.

    The Squirrel-Cage Dorothy Canfield
  • A significance the deeper, since every word struck home to hearts, conscience-stricken and full of self-upbraiding.

    The Red Moccasins Morrison Heady
  • He must have been conscience-stricken and more to be pitied, perhaps, than condemned.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Elfride had then the conscience-stricken look of Guido's Magdalen, rendered upon a more childlike form.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • He was conscience-stricken and fully as miserable as she professed to be.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for conscience-stricken


feeling anxious or guilty Also conscience-smitten
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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