the inner sense of what is right or wrong in one's conduct or motives, impelling one toward right action: to follow the dictates of conscience.
the complex of ethical and moral principles that controls or inhibits the actions or thoughts of an individual.
an inhibiting sense of what is prudent: I'd eat another piece of pie but my conscience would bother me.
Obsolete. consciousness; self-knowledge.
Obsolete. strict and reverential observance.
Idioms about conscience
- con·science·less, adjective
- con·science·less·ly, adverb
- con·science·less·ness, noun
- sub·con·science, noun
- conscience , conscious
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How to use conscience in a sentence
You’ve focused a lot on the soul and conscience of Mediabrands.Media Buying Briefing: Mediabrands CEO Daryl Lee discusses the soul of the media agency business | jim cooper | February 8, 2021 | Digiday
He wonders whether next season he will be able to win his job back or whether the state of the virus will have improved enough for him to return with a clear conscience.His team is going to the Super Bowl. He’s staying on the coronavirus front lines. | Adam Kilgore | February 1, 2021 | Washington Post
If Republicans have genuinely relocated their fiscal consciences, they’ll listen.Right on schedule, Republicans pretend to care about deficits again | Catherine Rampell | January 21, 2021 | Washington Post
She is a rapper with a conscience, and she’s not going away.
Don’t know if this is the answer you were looking for, but it’s the only one I can give in good conscience.
Instead, straighten your civic backbone and push back in clear conscience.Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too | John Avlon | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
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.
As you put it, “letting some business owners exercise their conscience would cause no harm to gays.”Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around | Jay Michaelson | December 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“Nothing in this country of good conscience has ever happened without protest,” he said.Eric Garner Protesters Have a Direct Line to City Hall | Jacob Siegel | December 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She reached forward to it in ecstasy; but she might not enjoy it, save at the price which her conscience exacted.Hilda Lessways | Arnold Bennett
In this way it will be managed with less offense and with more ease to the conscience than now.
My conscience importuned me to tell her bluntly that they would only come into Walsh feet first.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
That he might lose his head and 'introduce an element of sex' was conscience confessing that it had been already introduced.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
But the conscience of Louis was at rest; and he soon found that "man does not live by bread alone!"The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
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
a feeling of guilt or anxiety: he has a conscience about his unkind action
in conscience or in all conscience
with regard to truth and justice
on one's conscience causing feelings of guilt or remorse
- conscienceless, adjective
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Other Idioms and Phrases with conscience
see have a clear conscience; in conscience.
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