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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. 2018.
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  • She was now in a moment so conscience-stricken that her very basket partook of the change.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • He must have been conscience-stricken and more to be pitied, perhaps, than condemned.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Caroline, he was the most distressed and conscience-stricken man in the city.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He was conscience-stricken and fully as miserable as she professed to be.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • But Clemens, conscience-stricken, "blushed and weakened," as he said.

  • "I had almost forgotten him," he cried in a conscience-stricken tone.

    The Point Of Honor Joseph Conrad
  • Mina was puzzled, but did not go so far wrong as to conceive him conscience-stricken.

    Tristram of Blent Anthony Hope
  • Is a fox-hound not conscience-stricken for his harry of the sheep-fold?

  • She did not seem in the least conscience-stricken; she said: “Thank goodness, at last!”

    The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler
  • Hugh was not in the least conscience-stricken at her evident lack of composure.

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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