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conscience-stricken

[ kon-shuhns-strik-uhn ]
/ ˈkɒn ʃənsˌstrɪk ən /
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adjective

greatly troubled or disturbed by the knowledge of having acted wrongfully.

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Origin of conscience-stricken

First recorded in 1810–20
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conscience-stricken

adjective

feeling anxious or guiltyAlso: conscience-smitten
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