[ kon-shuh s-nis-rey-zing ]
/ ˈkɒn ʃəs nɪsˌreɪ zɪŋ /


Psychology. a group-therapy technique in which the aim is to enhance the participants' awareness of their particular needs and goals as individuals or as a group.
any method for increasing interpersonal awareness or sensitivity by teaching people to experience a situation or point of view radically different from their own: The women's group has tried to change macho attitudes through consciousness-raising.
an act or instance of increasing the awareness of one's own or another's needs, behavior, attitudes, or problems.

Nearby words

  1. conscious uncoupling,
  2. consciously,
  3. consciousness,
  4. consciousness raising,
  5. consciousness-expanding,
  6. conscribe,
  7. conscript,
  8. conscript fathers,
  9. conscriptee,
  10. conscription

Origin of consciousness-raising

An Americanism dating back to 1970–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Medicine definitions for consciousness-raising



A process, as by group therapy, of achieving greater awareness of one's needs in order to fulfill one's potential as a person.

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