conscience money

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n conscience money payment made voluntarily to reduce guilt over dishonest dealings
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The United States Treasury Department maintains a fund known as "The Conscience Fund," which accepts money sent in anonymously by taxpayers who think they've cheated the government. The money is used for miscellaneous expenses.
    • Conscience money stolen or wrongfully acquired money that is voluntarily restored to the rightful possessor. Such money paid into the United States treasury by unknown debtors is called the Conscience fund.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Conscience money money given to relieve the conscience, by discharging a claim previously evaded
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. conscientia, knowledge—conscīre, to know well—con, and scīre, to know.

Usage

In literature:

I don't see how 'Lecty can answer to her conscience, spending money that way.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Money was to be made in many ways, and consciences were not overcareful as to the ways.
"Historic Boyhoods" by Rupert Sargent Holland
I'm thankful I haven't the responsibility of spending so much money on my conscience.
"Up The Baltic" by Oliver Optic
Before he left, Aunt William pressed a sovereign into his hand guiltily, as if it were conscience money.
"The Twelfth Hour" by Ada Leverson
She knows it too, but, just for the sake of money, she's lying night and day against them, and against her own conscience.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
However, this did not trouble his conscience, as he was one who lived for money, and he saw here a chance to replenish his pocketbook.
"Under Fire" by Frank A. Munsey
Besides, this money had been at times a load on my conscience.
"Godfrey Marten, Undergraduate" by Charles Turley
They said I was after the money and without conscience or thrift.
"The Eye of Dread" by Payne Erskine
A good conscience is sometimes sold for money, but never bought with it.
"Life and Literature" by J. Purver Richardson
They'll divide the money, and there will be enough for both in all conscience.
"Lady Anna" by Anthony Trollope
They suffered no twinges of conscience in this taking of his money.
"Tales of the Caravan, Inn, and Palace." by William Hauff
There is a great deal of variety in the character of transgressions, and also in the sums of money turned in to the Conscience Fund.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 3" by Various
He said it was conscience money and not to be talked about.
"Jan Vedder's Wife" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
I'm sure we can keep this money with a clear conscience.
"Czechoslovak Fairy Tales" by Parker Fillmore
CURE FOR THE CONSCIENCE MONEY MANIA.
"Punch - Volume 25 (Jul-Dec 1853)" by Various
This is conscience money.
"The Cup of Trembling and Other Stories" by Mary Hallock Foote
Jo thought what a blaze her pile of papers upstairs would make, and her hard-earned money lay rather heavily on her conscience at that minute.
"Little Women" by Louisa M. Alcott
That was money that must be spent and they could do it with a clear conscience.
"The Carter Girls" by Nell Speed
The night following I could not sleep, and was disquieted in conscience, especially on account of the money.
"Solomon Maimon: An Autobiography." by Solomon Maimon
He owed money to the village tradesmen, but that did not trouble his conscience.
"Barbara Lynn" by Emily J. Jenkinson
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In poetry:

Is thine a conscience sore beset
With guilt?--or, what is worse,
Hast thou to meet writs, duns, and debt--
No money in thy purse!
"The Whip-Poor-Will." by George Pope Morris

In news:

In the short term, of course, it hurts the manufacturers who sunk a lot of R&D money and raw materials into designing and building long putters for terminal yips sufferers, head cases and venal young Tour players bereft of consciences.
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