[kon-shuh ns-strik-uh n]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for conscience-stricken

repentant, sorry, chastened

Examples from the Web for conscience-stricken

Historical Examples of conscience-stricken

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for conscience-stricken



feeling anxious or guiltyAlso: conscience-smitten
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