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Meaning of “conscience” in the English Dictionary

"conscience" in British English

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consciencenoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈkɒn.ʃəns/  us   /ˈkɑːn-/
C2 the ​part of you that ​judges how ​moralyour own ​actions are and makes you ​feelguilty about ​bad things that you have done or things you ​feelresponsible for: a guilty conscience a question/​matter of conscience You didn't do anything ​wrong - you should have a clear conscience (= not ​feelguilty). My conscience would really ​bother me if I ​wore a ​furcoat.UK He's got no conscience at all (= does not ​feelguilty) aboutleaving me to do the ​housework.

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(Definition of conscience from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"conscience" in American English

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consciencenoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈkɑn·ʃəns/
the ​feeling that you ​know and should do what is ​right and should ​avoid doing what is ​wrong, and that makes you ​feelguilty when you have done something you ​know is ​wrong: [C] I have a ​guilty conscience for ​spending so little ​time with my ​kids.
(Definition of conscience from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “conscience”
in Korean 양심…
in Arabic ضَمير…
in Malaysian hati nurani…
in French conscience…
in Russian совесть…
in Chinese (Traditional) 良心, 良知…
in Italian coscienza…
in Turkish vicdan…
in Polish sumienie…
in Spanish conciencia…
in Vietnamese lương tâm…
in Portuguese consciência…
in Thai ความรู้สึกผิดชอบชั่วดี…
in German das Gewissen…
in Catalan consciència…
in Japanese 良心…
in Chinese (Simplified) 良心, 良知…
in Indonesian nurani…
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