conscience money



money paid, often anonymously, to relieve one's conscience, as for an obligation previously evaded or a wrong done.

Origin of conscience money

First recorded in 1840–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for conscience money

Historical Examples of conscience money

  • "Conscience-money," said Mr. Bonnithorne, pursing up his mouth.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • It's like conscience-money—you know what that is, don't you?

    New Treasure Seekers

    E. (Edith) Nesbit

  • Next in importance to it were Mr. Baldwin's revelations on the subject of "conscience-money."

  • Some of the furniture he kept for himself; but the bulk of it went to his sister as conscience-money.

  • There are over two hundred thousand dollars in securities and they have evidently been left there by somebody as conscience-money.

    The Crevice

    William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander

British Dictionary definitions for conscience money

conscience money


money paid voluntarily to compensate for dishonesty, esp money paid voluntarily for taxes formerly evaded
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