conscience

Definitions

  • I believe they wuz conscience-smut, but I don't know
    I believe they wuz conscience-smut, but I don't know
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n conscience conformity to one's own sense of right conduct "a person of unflagging conscience"
    • n conscience a feeling of shame when you do something immoral "he has no conscience about his cruelty"
    • n conscience motivation deriving logically from ethical or moral principles that govern a person's thoughts and actions
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A GUILTY CONSCIENCE A GUILTY CONSCIENCE
Conscience makes cowards of us all Conscience makes cowards of us all

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 Knowledge of one's own thoughts or actions; consciousness. "The sweetest cordial we receive, at last,
      Is conscience of our virtuous actions past."
    • Conscience Tenderness of feeling; pity.
    • Conscience The estimate or determination of conscience; conviction or right or duty. "Conscience supposes the existence of some such [i.e., moral] faculty, and properly signifies our consciousness of having acted agreeably or contrary to its directions."
    • Conscience 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. "My conscience hath a thousand several tongues,
      And every tongue brings in a several tale,
      And every tale condemns me for a villain."
      "As science means knowledge conscience etymologically means self-knowledge . . . But the English word implies a moral standard of action in the mind as well as a consciousness of our own actions. . . . Conscience is the reason, employed about questions of right and wrong, and accompanied with the sentiments of approbation and condemnation."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n conscience Consciousness; knowledge.
    • n conscience Private or inward thoughts; real sentiments.
    • n conscience 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. It manifests itself in the feeling of obligation or duty, the moral imperative “I ought” or “I ought not”: hence the phrases the voice of conscience, the dictates of conscience, etc.
    • n conscience Moral sense; scrupulosity; conformity to one's own sense of right in conduct, or to that of the community.
    • n conscience Tender feeling; pity.
    • n conscience Same as breastplate, A bellarmine.
    • n conscience Most certainly; assuredly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Conscience kon′shens the knowledge of our own acts and feelings as right or wrong: sense of duty: scrupulousness:
    • n Conscience kon′shens (Shak.) understanding: the faculty or principle by which we distinguish right from wrong
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Quotations

  • Ingmar Bergman
    Ingmar Bergman
    “Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.”
  • Francis Bacon
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    “A good conscience is a continual feast.”
  • George Bancroft
    George Bancroft
    “Conscience is the mirror of our souls, which represents the errors of our lives in their full shape.”
  • Josh Billings
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    “Reason often makes mistakes, but conscience never does.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
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    “The conscience is the sacred haven of the liberty of man.”
  • Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
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    “The conscience is the most flexible material in the world. Today you cannot stretch it over a mole hill; while tomorrow it can hide a mountain.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. conscience, fr. L. conscientia, fr. consciens, p. pr. of conscire to know, to be conscious; con-, + scire, to know. See Science
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. conscientia, knowledge—conscīre, to know well—con, and scīre, to know.

Usage

In literature:

It imposed upon a man's conscience the obligation to speed it.
"Harbor Tales Down North" by Norman Duncan
Actual physical injury was very rare, but a hostile social atmosphere was the frequent price of fidelity to conscience.
"The Negro and the Nation" by George S. Merriam
Her pastoral conscience was smitten.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
In her dying moments, cannibalism prevailed over Christian conscience; and was the Pagan conscience silent?
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 348" by Various
And turning now once more to Jason Philip's face, he thought he perceived in it the restlessness of an evil conscience.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
With that awful, awful lie on your conscience, you can't be a Speciality.
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade
That pain seemed to awaken poor Pauline's slumbering conscience.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
At twenty-one conscience speaks louder than experience.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
He was on the verge of telling a lie, but conscience intervened.
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens
Every man's conscience must be free.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
It was not conscience that made me do so; it was a sort of cowardice.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
You acted like a God-fearing man; your conscience is clear of evil intent.
"The Hero" by William Somerset Maugham
It is the selling of that which darkens the understanding, sears the conscience, pollutes the affections, and debases all the powers of man.
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
Every admonition of conscience directly excites the consciousness of a God to whom man is accountable.
"Christianity and Greek Philosophy" by Benjamin Franklin Cocker
Thousands have thus surrendered their most sacred rights of conscience.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume I"
He couldn't go away with such things on his conscience.
"The Scarlet Feather" by Houghton Townley
It is a contradiction to say that conscience enforces what conscience condemns.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
The conscience of London wrought upon the one as the conscience of New York upon the other.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
Their conscience requires {9} this of them, and they would be miserable in falling short of it.
"St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans, Vol. I" by Charles Gore
It is, he implies, a weak and unduly scrupulous conscience which makes men vegetarians.
"St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans, Vol. II" by Charles Gore
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In poetry:

And, as each she gave up,
If her conscience did preach,
Her ready excuse
Was the down of the peach.
"The Dew-Drop: A Metrical Fantasy" by Samuel Lover
To labour and to love,
To pardon and endure,
To lift thy heart to God above,
And keep thy conscience pure;
"The Narrow Way" by Anne Bronte
If prest by penury severe,
In envious want we pine,
May Conscience whisper in our ear,
A poorer lot was Thine!
"Hymn 5. Christmas Day" by Reginald Heber
The prosperous and beautiful
To me seem not to wear
The yoke of conscience masterful,
Which galls me everywhere.
"The Park" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
A day that William never felt
Return without dismay,
For well had conscience kalendered
Young Edmund's dying day.
"Lord William" by Robert Southey
A poor wayfaring man of grief
Was standing by my side,
Who sued my conscience for relief,
His wounded side I eyed.
"The Simple Reason. III John, 1:4" by Frank Barbour Coffin

In news:

Majority of Americans Support First Amendment Conscience Rights in Health Care.
Foreign Policy and Christian Conscience.
The freezers and my conscience groaned.
The life of an actor remains endlessly fascinating, even as their minor crises of conscience and career seem more and more rote to the general public.
Military Religious Freedom Act defends conscience.
Or perhaps Friedrich Hayek's Road to Serfdom, or even Barry Goldwater's Conscience of a Conservative.
The first one is the basics of assets and how our sub-conscience comes out in our daily life.
Pro-choice and pro-conscience in Grand Rapids .
There's a $3 suggested donation, but we'll leave that to your conscience to sort out.
There is, however, no way in good conscience to endorse him to serve another term.
" The Peaceable Kingdom pricks my conscience every time I see it because of the enormous gap between its vision and the world's reality".
ALPENA -The Alpena County Board of Commissioners voted on Tuesday to move forward with the creation of a wellness program that would offer incentives to the county employees to be more health conscience and fit.
Businesses Must Have a Conscience.
Diamond Wipes relies on an environmental conscience to help guide its way in the wipes market.
Davis Guggenheim's call-to-arms documentary on the failures of the US public-education system—thoroughly laudable in intention if maddening in its logic and omissions—originated with his own guilty conscience.
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In science:

For years I have been thinking about how conscience emerges from the underlying neuron clatter (by conscience I mean awareness, i.e. the difference between being awake and asleep).
A model of memory, learning and recognition
Therefore we associate conscience with the short-term memory.
A model of memory, learning and recognition
Conscience of the environment emerges in the child as he or she acquires experience.
A model of memory, learning and recognition
Thus one image in conscience leads to a related image.
A model of memory, learning and recognition
It’s like it’s embedded in our conscience, and that is exactly what the machines lack a conscience built up upon a million years of evolution.
To study the phenomenon of the Moravec's Paradox
Environment organisations like Greenpeace provide useful information and guides which will help consumers choose their consumer electronics while still being able to have a “green conscience”.
Modern consumerism and the waste problem
In a letter to Lemaitre in 1947 Einstein wrote: ’Since I introduced this term I had always had a bad conscience. I am unable to believe that such an ugly thing is actual ly realized in nature’.
Accelerating Universe: Observational Status and Theoretical Implications
Consciences cleansed, we proceed to the usual assortment of um-provokers.
Astrophysics in 2005
The human being is the most evolued structure, being perhaps the conscience of Universe .
Natural units, numbers and numerical clusters
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