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CONSCIENCE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does conscience mean? 

CONSCIENCE (noun)
  The noun CONSCIENCE has 3 senses:

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
3. a feeling of shame when you do something immoral

  Familiarity information: CONSCIENCE used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONSCIENCE (noun)


Sense 1conscience [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting goals

Synonyms:

conscience; moral sense; scruples; sense of right and wrong

Hypernyms ("conscience" is a kind of...):

ethical motive; ethics; morality; morals (motivation based on ideas of right and wrong)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "conscience"):

superego ((psychoanalysis) that part of the unconscious mind that acts as a conscience)

small voice; voice of conscience; wee small voice (an inner voice that judges your behavior)

sense of duty; sense of shame (a motivating awareness of ethical responsibility)


Sense 2conscience [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Conformity to one's own sense of right conduct

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Context example:

a person of unflagging conscience

Hypernyms ("conscience" is a kind of...):

morality (concern with the distinction between good and evil or right and wrong; right or good conduct)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "conscience"):

conscientiousness (the quality of being in accord with the dictates of conscience)

unconscientiousness (the quality of being willing to ignore the dictates of conscience)


Sense 3conscience [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A feeling of shame when you do something immoral

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Context example:

he has no conscience about his cruelty

Hypernyms ("conscience" is a kind of...):

shame (a painful emotion resulting from an awareness of inadequacy or guilt)


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