from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The awareness of a moral or ethical aspect to one's conduct together with the urge to prefer right over wrong: Let your conscience be your guide.
- n. A source of moral or ethical judgment or pronouncement: a document that serves as the nation's conscience.
- n. Conformity to one's own sense of right conduct: a person of unflagging conscience.
- n. The part of the superego in psychoanalysis that judges the ethical nature of one's actions and thoughts and then transmits such determinations to the ego for consideration.
- n. Obsolete Consciousness.
- idiom in (all good) conscience In all truth or fairness.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The moral sense of right and wrong, chiefly as it affects one's own behaviour; inwit.
- n. 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.
- n. Consciousness; thinking; awareness, especially self-awareness.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Knowledge of one's own thoughts or actions; consciousness.
- n. 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.
- n. The estimate or determination of conscience; conviction or right or duty.
- n. Tenderness of feeling; pity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Consciousness; knowledge.
- n. Private or inward thoughts; real sentiments.
- n. The consciousness that the acts for which a person believes himself to be responsible do or do not conform to his ideal of right; the moral judgment of the individual applied to his own conduct, in distinction from his perception of right and wrong in the abstract, and in the conduct of others.
- n. Moral sense; scrupulosity; conformity to one's own sense of right in conduct, or to that of the community.
- n. Tender feeling; pity.
- n. Same as breastplate, A bellarmine.
- n. Most certainly; assuredly.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. conformity to one's own sense of right conduct
- n. motivation deriving logically from ethical or moral principles that govern a person's thoughts and actions
- n. a feeling of shame when you do something immoral
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin cōnscientia, from cōnsciēns, cōnscient-, present participle of cōnscīre, to be conscious of : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + scīre, to know; see skei- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French conscience, from Latin conscientia ("knowledge within oneself"), from consciens, present participle of conscire ("to know, to be conscious (of wrong)"), from com- ("together") + scire ("to know"). (Wiktionary)