[ kon-shuhns ]
/ ˈkɒn ʃəns /
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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.
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Idioms about conscience
have something on one's conscience, to feel guilty about something, as an act that one considers wrong: She behaves as if she had something on her conscience.
Origin of conscience
OTHER WORDS FROM consciencecon·science·less, adjectivecon·science·less·ly, adverbcon·science·less·ness, nounsub·con·science, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH conscienceconscience , conscious
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How to use conscience in a sentence
The mottled goosebone of the Allentown prophet is no more meteorologically accurate than our subconscience.Mince PieAuthor: Christopher Darlington MorleyRelease Date: October 10, 2004 [eBook #13694]|Christopher Darlington Morley
British Dictionary definitions for conscience
/ (ˈkɒnʃəns) /
- 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 anxietyhe 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
Derived forms of conscienceconscienceless, adjective
Word Origin for conscience
C13: from Old French, from Latin conscientia knowledge, consciousness, from conscīre to know; see conscious
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Other Idioms and Phrases with conscience
see have a clear conscience; in conscience.
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