Conscience definition

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A knowledge or sense of right and wrong, with an urge to do right; moral judgment that opposes the violation of a previously recognized ethical principle and that leads to feelings of guilt if one violates such a principle.
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The part of the superego in psychoanalysis that judges the ethical nature of one's actions and thoughts and then transmits such determinations to the ego for consideration.
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Inner thoughts or feelings.
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A source of moral or ethical judgment or pronouncement.

A document that serves as the nation's conscience.

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Conformity to one's own sense of right conduct.

A person of unflagging conscience.

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(obsolete) Consciousness or awareness of something.
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Consciousness.
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The definition of conscience is a personal awareness of right and wrong that you use to guide your actions to do right.

An example of conscience is the personal ethics that keep you from cheating on an exam.

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An awareness of morality in regard to one's behavior; a sense of right and wrong that urges one to act morally.

Let your conscience be your guide.

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An awareness of morality in regard to one's behavior; a sense of right and wrong that urges one to act morally.

Let your conscience be your guide.

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The moral sense of right and wrong, chiefly as it affects one's own behaviour; inwit.
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Conformity to one's own sense of right conduct.

A person of unflagging conscience.

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The part of the superego in psychoanalysis that judges the ethical nature of one's actions and thoughts and then transmits such determinations to the ego for consideration.
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(chiefly fiction) A personification of the moral sense of right and wrong, usually in the form of a person, a being or merely a voice that gives moral lessons and advices.
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A source of moral or ethical judgment or pronouncement.

A document that serves as the nation's conscience.

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in (all good) conscience
  • In all fairness; by any reasonable standard.
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on (one's) conscience
  • Causing one to feel guilty or uneasy.
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in (all) conscience
  • in fairness; on any reasonable ground
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on one's conscience
  • causing one to feel guilty
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
conscience
Plural:
consciences

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of conscience

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin cōnscientia from cōnsciēns cōnscient- present participle of cōnscīre to be conscious of com- intensive pref. com– scīre to know skei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French conscience, from Latin conscientia (“knowledge within oneself”), from consciens, present participle of conscire (“to know, to be conscious (of wrong)”), from com- (“together”) + scire (“to know”).

    From Wiktionary