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 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"

Wiktionary

  1. conscience(Noun)

    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. 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.

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

  3. conscience(Noun)

    Consciousness; thinking; awareness, especially self-awareness.

    Etymology: 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

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

  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

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

  3. Conscience(noun)

    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. Conscience(noun)

    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.]

Freebase

  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

  1. CONSCIENCE

    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  

British National Corpus

  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. The President:

    A country's conscience sometimes has to be triggered by some inconvenience, as long as they're peaceful, I think they're necessary. When they turn violent then they're counter-productive.

  2. Richard von Weizscker:

    There were many ways of not burdening one's conscience, of shunning responsibility, looking away, keeping mum. When the unspeakable truth of the Holocaust then became known at the end of the war, all too many of us claimed that they had not known anything about it or even suspected anything.

  3. The Democratic aide:

    While I will certainly share my view and try to persuade them that the vote to disapprove is the right one, in my experience with matters of conscience and great consequence like this, each member ultimately comes to their own conclusion. the statement itself is a clear attempt at persuasion.

  4. Samuel Adams:

    That the said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press or the rights of conscience or to prevent the people of the United states who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms...

  5. Mark Feinberg:

    You quickly recognize that you have a vaccine that can have such a major impact in preventing cervical cancer, and the greatest disease burden is concentrated in the world's poorest communities. You cannot with any conscience not come forward and make the vaccine affordable and create a sustainable vaccination program, the program in Rwanda had two purposes: to get the vaccine to a population who could benefit, but also to demonstrate what was possible. Rwanda is an incredible country in its commitment to national health. If it wasn't possible in Rwanda, we knew it wouldn't be possible anywhere else.

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