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conscience

[kon-shuhns]
noun
1.
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.
2.
the complex of ethical and moral principles that controls or inhibits the actions or thoughts of an individual.
3.
an inhibiting sense of what is prudent: I'd eat another piece of pie but my conscience would bother me.
5.
Obsolete. consciousness; self-knowledge.
6.
Obsolete. strict and reverential observance.
Idioms
7.
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.
8.
in all conscience,
a.
in all reason and fairness.
b.
certainly; assuredly.
Also, in conscience.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin conscientia knowledge, awareness, conscience. See con-, science

conscienceless, adjective
consciencelessly, adverb
consciencelessness, noun
subconscience, noun
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conscience (ˈkɒnʃəns)
 
n
1.  a.  the sense of right and wrong that governs a person's thoughts and actions
 b.  regulation of one's actions in conformity to this sense
 c.  a supposed universal faculty of moral insight
2.  conscientiousness; diligence
3.  a feeling of guilt or anxiety: he has a conscience about his unkind action
4.  obsolete consciousness
5.  in conscience, in all conscience
 a.  with regard to truth and justice
 b.  certainly
6.  on one's conscience causing feelings of guilt or remorse
 
[C13: from Old French, from Latin conscientia knowledge, consciousness, from conscīre to know; see conscious]
 
'conscienceless
 
adj

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conscience
early 13c., from O.Fr. conscience, from L. conscientia "knowledge within oneself, a moral sense," prp. of conscire "be mutually aware," from com- "with" + scire "to know." Probably a loan-translation of Gk. syneidesis. Sometimes nativized in O.E./M.E. as inwit. Rus. also uses a loan-translation, so-vest,
"conscience," lit. "with-knowledge."
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conscience con·science (kŏn'shəns)
n.

  1. The awareness of a moral or ethical aspect to one's conduct together with the urge to prefer right over wrong.

  2. The part of the superego 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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Conscience definition


that faculty of the mind, or inborn sense of right and wrong, by which we judge of the moral character of human conduct. It is common to all men. Like all our other faculties, it has been perverted by the Fall (John 16:2; Acts 26:9; Rom. 2:15). It is spoken of as "defiled" (Titus 1:15), and "seared" (1 Tim. 4:2). A "conscience void of offence" is to be sought and cultivated (Acts 24:16; Rom. 9:1; 2 Cor. 1:12; 1 Tim. 1:5, 19; 1 Pet. 3:21).

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