What does conscience mean?

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ˈkɒn ʃənscon·science

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. conscience, scruples, moral sense, sense of right and wrongnoun

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

  2. consciencenoun

    conformity to one's own sense of right conduct

    "a person of unflagging conscience"

  3. consciencenoun

    a feeling of shame when you do something immoral

    "he has no conscience about his cruelty"


  1. consciencenoun

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

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

  2. consciencenoun

    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.

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

  3. consciencenoun

    Consciousness; thinking; awareness, especially self-awareness.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Consciencenoun

    knowledge of one's own thoughts or actions; consciousness

    Etymology: [F. conscience, fr. L. conscientia, fr. consciens, p. pr. of conscire to know, to be conscious; con- + scire to know. See Science.]

  2. Consciencenoun

    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

    Etymology: [F. conscience, fr. L. conscientia, fr. consciens, p. pr. of conscire to know, to be conscious; con- + scire to know. See Science.]

  3. Consciencenoun

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

    Etymology: [F. conscience, fr. L. conscientia, fr. consciens, p. pr. of conscire to know, to be conscious; con- + scire to know. See Science.]

  4. Consciencenoun

    tenderness of feeling; pity

    Etymology: [F. conscience, fr. L. conscientia, fr. consciens, p. pr. of conscire to know, to be conscious; con- + scire to know. See Science.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Conscience

    kon′shens, n. the knowledge of our own acts and feelings as right or wrong: sense of duty: scrupulousness: (Shak.) understanding: the faculty or principle by which we distinguish right from wrong.—adjs. Con′science-proof, unvisited by any compunctions of conscience; Con′science-smit′ten, stung by conscience; Conscien′tious, regulated by a regard to conscience: scrupulous.—adv. Conscien′tiously.—n. Conscien′tiousness.—adj. Con′scionable, governed or regulated by conscience.—n. Con′scionableness.—adv. Con′scionably.—Conscience clause, a clause in a law, affecting religious matters, to relieve persons of conscientious scruples, esp. one to prevent their children being compelled to undergo particular religious instruction; Conscience money, money given to relieve the conscience, by discharging a claim previously evaded; Case of conscience, a question in casuistry.—Good, or Bad, conscience, an approving or reproving conscience.—In all conscience, certainly: (coll.) by all that is right and fair.—Make a matter of conscience, to act according to conscience: to have scruples about.—My conscience! a vulgar exclamation of astonishment, or an asseveration.—Speak one's conscience (Shak.), to speak frankly: to give one's opinion. [Fr.,—L. conscientia, knowledge—conscīre, to know well—con, and scīre, to know.]

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. conscience

    The act, fact, quality, and ability to use our mind, soul, spirit, passion and consciousness as a form of sane, logical and rational power and motivation and a form of ethical and moral principles that govern our thoughts and actions.

    Our conscience is an important element of our mind and soul and contributes to our sense of justness, fairness, actions, motivation and authority.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 3, 2020  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of conscience in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of conscience in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of conscience in a Sentence

  1. Mathew Staver:

    Kim Davis cannot and will not violate her conscience.

  2. Rick Santorum:

    Christians are being beheaded and crucified by these savages. People of good conscience who want to protect Christians are not recruiting tools for ISIL.

  3. French Proverb:

    There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.

  4. Jeffrey McCloud:

    If in two years, I lose my seat because of this, I can leave office with a clean conscience, and I really believe that. I feel really strongly about, about that, and about what has happened to the Republican Party, both nationally and it's filtered down.

  5. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    1. Growing inflation has turned the female sex into a museum of art, you can not touch it, at the auction, providing a woman with cosmic amounts for us. 2. Dimensions are like eggshells of reality, all the shells, that is, the cocoons are crumbling, you wake up from all desires. Each rebirth is painful, you wake up with a groan of the soul. 3. Hearing the serpentine voice of selfishness, you will get confused in your life, only the voice of conscience and valor will lead you to the truth. 4. X-ray thinking of pessimistic realism, where selfishness is a broken mirror of personality in which hundreds of personalities grew out of opinions. 5. An amazing life in which the abundance of everything is revealed, but the outer side of the existence of the emptiness of reality is shown. after death and he is shown what he did in a state of sleepwalking. Zombified with desires, they are ready to do karmic nonsense. And stay in this karmic time loop. 6. Life is a fog of desires, an illusory oasis, the development of the cyber ego, to endless expanses, but not the development of awareness, the ego has stopped the development of evolution. 7. life divides and multiplies, one drop of life turns into two or more, turns into worlds of dimensions and the universes, everything starts with one drop that gives rise to the dimensions of philosophy. 8. Asians of gold color are the golden race. 1. Loneliness is a utopia of serenity, a deep connection with eternity and infinity and reality. 2. Reincarnation and the wheel of samsara is a protracted karmic joke, all these jokes end when you understand the meaning of the joke (the meaning of life) and you stop being reborn. 3. You are undead in reincarnation, whose consciousness is being cloned. 4. In karma, the stubborn one knows infinity, and the righteous one knows eternity. Look at this face when you are in the depths of hell, it looks like the world of people among such a society, you live among people with inner suffering, hell is hiding under the guise of an ordinary world, and all people suffer from their complexes and stupidity and beckon their unconscious sins, world war selfishness among all people for the right to live as they want, this is the face of a girl who sees the truth of the world, this is a karmic hell in which people live creating even more karma, this is not pessimism, but realism, this is what we all deny and live in a matrix of illusions, matrix of optimism, we suffer from our own desires and thoughts, the hellfire of depression, and the darkness of despondency, despair, all people are immersed in karmic debts and burn in the agony of dissatisfaction, in the emptiness of the infinity of reality, this is immersion into the depths of reality, and there the air from awareness is given to those who stops pretending. 1. The one who wants nothing wakes up from the matrix of illusions. 2. New and new desires, like rain, it plunges into oblivion, they plunge into the amnesia of a time loop. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

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