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conscience money

money paid, often anonymously, to relieve one's conscience, as for an obligation previously evaded or a wrong done.
Origin of conscience money
1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There are over two hundred thousand dollars in securities and they have evidently been left there by somebody as conscience-money.

    The Crevice William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
  • "conscience-money," said Mr. Bonnithorne, pursing up his mouth.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • It's like conscience-money—you know what that is, don't you?

    New Treasure Seekers E. (Edith) Nesbit
  • Next in importance to it were Mr. Baldwin's revelations on the subject of "conscience-money."

  • Some of the furniture he kept for himself; but the bulk of it went to his sister as conscience-money.

British Dictionary definitions for conscience-money

conscience money

money paid voluntarily to compensate for dishonesty, esp money paid voluntarily for taxes formerly evaded
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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