Definitions for conscienceˈkɒn ʃəns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•scienceˈkɒn ʃəns(n.)

  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.

  4. conscientiousness.

  5. Obs. consciousness; self-knowledge.

Idioms for conscience:

  1. in (all) conscience, in all reason and fairness.

    Category: Idiom

  2. on one's conscience,(of a wrongdoing) burdening one with guilt.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of conscience:

1175–1225; ME < AF < L conscientia knowledge, awareness, conscience. See con -, science


Princeton's WordNet

  1. conscience, scruples, moral sense, sense of right and wrong(noun)

    motivation deriving logically from ethical or moral principles that govern a person's thoughts and actions

  2. conscience(noun)

    conformity to one's own sense of right conduct

    "a person of unflagging conscience"

  3. conscience(noun)

    a feeling of shame when you do something immoral

    "he has no conscience about his cruelty"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. conscience(noun)ˈkɒn ʃəns

    the part of the mind that deals with right and wrong

    Let your conscience decide.

  2. conscienceˈkɒn ʃəns

    to feel you have done sth wrong

  3. conscienceˈkɒn ʃəns

    to feel you have done nothing wrong

  4. conscienceˈkɒn ʃəns

    aware you have done sth wrong

    He did not want their deaths on his conscience.


  1. conscience(Noun)

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

  2. conscience(Noun)

    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.

  3. conscience(Noun)

    Consciousness; thinking; awareness, especially self-awareness.

  4. Origin: From conscience, from conscientia, from consciens, present participle of conscire, from com- + scire.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Conscience(noun)

    knowledge of one's own thoughts or actions; consciousness

  2. Conscience(noun)

    the faculty, power, or inward principle which decides as to the character of one's own actions, purposes, and affections, warning against and condemning that which is wrong, and approving and prompting to that which is right; the moral faculty passing judgment on one's self; the moral sense

  3. Conscience(noun)

    the estimate or determination of conscience; conviction or right or duty

  4. Conscience(noun)

    tenderness of feeling; pity


  1. Conscience

    Conscience is an aptitude, faculty, intuition or judgment of the intellect that distinguishes right from wrong. Moral judgment may derive from values or norms. In psychological terms conscience is often described as leading to feelings of remorse when a human commits actions that go against his/her moral values and to feelings of rectitude or integrity when actions conform to such norms. The extent to which conscience informs moral judgment before an action and whether such moral judgments are or should be based in reason has occasioned debate through much of the history of Western philosophy. Religious views of conscience usually see it as linked to a morality inherent in all humans, to a beneficent universe and/or to divinity. The diverse ritualistic, mythical, doctrinal, legal, institutional and material features of religion may not necessarily cohere with experiential, emotive, spiritual or contemplative considerations about the origin and operation of conscience. Common secular or scientific views regard the capacity for conscience as probably genetically determined, with its subject probably learned or imprinted as part of a culture.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. conscience

    1. The muzzle of the will. 2. The Pecksniffian mask of the fundamental Bill Sykes. 3. The aspiration of Rosinante to be Pegasus.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Conscience

    The cognitive and affective processes which constitute an internalized moral governor over an individual's moral conduct.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    The fear of being found out.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'conscience' in Nouns Frequency: #2352

Translations for conscience

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(that part of one's mind which holds one's) knowledge or sense of right and wrong

The injured man was on her conscience because she was responsible for the accident; She had a guilty conscience about the injured man; He had no conscience about dismissing the men.

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