[ kon-shuh s-nis ]
/ ˈkɒn ʃəs nɪs /


Nearby words

  1. conscientious objector,
  2. conscionable,
  3. conscious,
  4. conscious uncoupling,
  5. consciously,
  6. consciousness raising,
  7. consciousness-expanding,
  8. consciousness-raising,
  9. conscribe,
  10. conscript


    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

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

Medicine definitions for consciousness


[ kŏnshəs-nĭs ]


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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