[kon-shuh s-nis]



    raise one's consciousness, to increase one's awareness and understanding of one's own needs, behavior, attitudes, etc., especially as a member of a particular social or political group.

Origin of consciousness

First recorded in 1625–35; conscious + -ness
Related formsun·der·con·scious·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for consciousness

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Historical Examples of consciousness

  • The consciousness of recent misconduct filled her with extreme dread.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • The allusion and a consciousness of Vancouver brought a smile into Viviette's eyes.


    William J. Locke

  • Yet the consciousness of my situation does not always make me sad.

  • Our very fear of the death-principle admits it into our consciousness.

  • Admitted into our consciousness it starts its work of killing us.

Word Origin and History for consciousness

1630s, "internal knowledge," from conscious + -ness. Meaning "state of being aware" is from 1746.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

consciousness in Medicine




The state or condition of being conscious.
A sense of one's personal or collective identity, especially the complex of attitudes, beliefs, and sensitivities held by or considered characteristic of an individual or a group.
In psychoanalysis, the conscious.
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