- in all reason and fairness.
- certainly; assuredly.
Origin of conscience
Examples from the Web for conscience
Better to be a beggar in freedom,” he cried out, “than to be forced into compromises against my conscience.
Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Oskar Schindler—these names come readily to mind when we think of heroes of conscience.
Fellow Kurdish prisoners of conscience in other cities across Iran have followed suit.Remembering Iran’s Imprisoned Kurds on UN Human Rights Day|Sharif Behruz, Movements.Org|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At Big Apple Circus, a set of camels is as exotic as it gets, so your conscience can remain unsullied.
“For McConnell it actually was a vote of conscience against his party and against his friend,” says the GOP staffer.And Now Mitch McConnell Is the ‘Pro-Woman’ Candidate!|Eleanor Clift|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And Clemens, though his conscience pricked him, obeyed, as was his habit at such times.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete|Albert Bigelow Paine
She must suffer, her conscience must trouble her, in a way her life must be as hard to bear as his.Fast as the Wind|Nat Gould
But these conditions, as I have shown, produce a conscience, the representative of society in the consciousness of the individual.Morals and the Evolution of Man|Max Simon Nordau
Conscience told him that it would be better to be perfectly straight with his wife.A Duet|Arthur Conan Doyle
But this question remained unanswered; the young girl did not dare, so to speak, to listen to the response made by her conscience.The Knight of Malta|Eugene Sue
British Dictionary definitions for conscience
- the sense of right and wrong that governs a person's thoughts and actions
- regulation of one's actions in conformity to this sense
- a supposed universal faculty of moral insight
- with regard to truth and justice
Word Origin for conscience
Word Origin and History for conscience
early 13c., from Old French conscience "conscience, innermost thoughts, desires, intentions; feelings" (12c.), from Latin conscientia "knowledge within oneself, sense of right, a moral sense," from conscientem (nominative consciens), present participle of conscire "be (mutually) aware," from com- "with," or "thoroughly" (see com-) + scire "to know" (see science).
Probably a loan-translation of Greek syneidesis, literally "with-knowledge." Sometimes nativized in Old English/Middle English as inwit. Russian also uses a loan-translation, so-vest, "conscience," literally "with-knowledge."
Medicine definitions for conscience
Idioms and Phrases with conscience
see have a clear conscience; in conscience.