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Definitions of conscience

  1. motivation deriving logically from ethical or moral principles that govern a person's thoughts and actions
  2. conformity to one's own sense of right conduct; " a person of unflagging conscience"
  3. a feeling of shame when you do something immoral; " he has no conscience about his cruelty"
  4. Knowledge of one's own thoughts or actions; consciousness.
  5. 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.
  6. The estimate or determination of conscience; conviction or right or duty.
  7. Tenderness of feeling; pity.
  8. One's in most private thoughts; the moral sense or consciousness within oneself which determines right and wrong.
  9. The knowledge of our own acts and feelings as right or wrong: sense of duty: the faculty or principle by which we distinguish right from wrong.
  10. Knowledge of right and wrong; faculty which distinguishes right from wrong.
  11. The faculty which distinguishes between right and wrong; moral sense.
  12. The sense of right and wrong; private thoughts; consciousness. Conscience clause, a clause in an Act to relieve those who have religious seruples from certain requirements in it. Conscience money, money paid into the treasury as compensation for a tax unduly withheld.
  13. Self- knowledge or judgment of right and wrong; the power or faculty by which we judge of the rectitude or wickedness of our own actions; justice; real sentiment; truth; candour; scruple.
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Usage examples for conscience

  1. " Come away, Laura, and leave him to his conscience – Blind Policy by George Manville Fenn
  2. Brother Bonaday had something on his conscience – Brother Copas by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  3. I leave that entirely to your own conscience – An Open-Eyed Conspiracy--An Idyl of Saratoga by William Dean Howells
  4. At any rate they both had the matter too much on their conscience – A London Life; The Patagonia; The Liar; Mrs. Temperly by Henry James
  5. Yes, it had been conscience – The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  6. But his conscience is not so nice and so you fear-" " You do not know what I fear and I am not going to tell you. – The Millionaire Baby by Anna Katharine Green
  7. You've got a conscience too, eh? – Witness For The Defence by A.E.W. Mason
  8. You are right- I have a 'down- east' conscience – Lonesome Land by B. M. Bower
  9. The matter was serious enough, in all conscience – The Paternoster Ruby by Charles Edmonds Walk
  10. What are its relations to faith and conscience – The English Church in the Eighteenth Century by Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
  11. Now I've had my say, and my conscience is clear, whatever happens. – His Sombre Rivals by E. P. Roe
  12. The last part of this sentence showed how Cynthia talked with her own conscience all her mental and moral machinery lay open before the calm eyes of Master Byles Gridley. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  13. It would even be some comfort to state that his guilty conscience was keeping him awake. – Calvary Alley by Alice Hegan Rice
  14. And you'll not lay it on your conscience I hope. – The Castle Inn by Stanley John Weyman
  15. You had a bad conscience – Washington Square by Henry James
  16. The thing is, you see, that I haven't a conscience – The Awkward Age by Henry James
  17. But like all other powers of the mind considered apart from the influence of the heart and conscience it is capable of being used to a very bad or a very good purpose. – The Fairy Godmothers and Other Tales by Mrs. Alfred Gatty
  18. Ah, you've a deal on your conscience – Countess Erika's Apprenticeship by Ossip Schubin
  19. My conscience doesn't worry me when I'm alone, but it gets worked up when a fine pair of eyes like yours go right through me. – The Secret of Sarek by Maurice Leblanc
  20. You will begin to show signs of having a conscience – Macleod of Dare by William Black
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