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
So for that reason alone I never seriously considered it, but I felt pushed in that direction by my conscience while I was researching the book.Artisanal American Cheese Was Finally on Top of the World, and Then the World Fell Apart | Jaya Saxena | October 5, 2020 | Eater
Amnesty International recognized Victoria Biran a prisoner of conscience, deprived of her liberty solely for peacefully exercising their human rights, and her case is emblematic of thousands of persons in Belarus detained in recent weeks.
“But the content of a man’s character or a woman’s character to serve in that capacity is more important than any other issue that I have to consider as a matter of conscience,” he added.Election live updates: Debate commission says it will change structure to ensure more ‘orderly discussion’ | John Wagner, Felicia Sonmez, Amy B Wang | September 30, 2020 | Washington Post
Some teams among the bottom half of their league’s seeds — such as the Yankees and Astros — cannot, in good conscience, be considered “Cinderellas.”What To Watch For In The Wildest MLB Playoffs Ever | Neil Paine (email@example.com) | September 28, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
However, it doesn’t seem to make sense to your pesky conscience.Does Pre-Confessing Clear You of Sexual Causality? | Eugene Robinson | September 20, 2020 | Ozy
They're not just conscienceless industrial killing machines.
There was always “that dreadful Southern vivacity” and the locals with the “conscienceless” eyes.
This is so important that I should hold it conscienceless to engage in the profession of criminology without knowing the dialects.Criminal Psychology | Hans Gross
So far as decent speech could compass it, I have ever sought to tell her what a conscienceless villain you are.The Master of Appleby | Francis Lynde
But first of all, with characteristic stealth, the conscienceless half-breed had begun his journey with a comfortable nap.The Castaways of Pete's Patch | Carroll Watson Rankin
In business relations he is as conscienceless as Tamerlane, who built a mountain of skulls as a monument to himself.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 12 | Elbert Hubbard
It was gall to the conscienceless junior to be thus baldly snubbed.Marjorie Dean, College Senior | Pauline Lester
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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