Meaning of “conscience” in the English Dictionary

"conscience" in English

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consciencenoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈkɒn.ʃəns/ us /ˈkɑːn.ʃəns/

C2 the part of you that judges how moral your own actions are and makes you feel guilty about bad things that you have done or things you feel responsible for:

a guilty conscience
a question/matter of conscience
You didn't do anything wrong - you should have a clear conscience (= not feel guilty).
My conscience would really bother me if I wore a fur coat.
UK He's got no conscience at all (= does not feel guilty) about leaving me to do the housework.

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

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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 feel guilty 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)

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Even when they are defending interests, people also have a conscience and this is what drives the world forwards, even in these current troubled times.
Our human social conscience tells us that unlawful trafficking in human beings and hopeful voyages undertaken under inhumane conditions cannot be tolerated.
I challenge your conscience with this injustice.
Our actions do not bring the desired effects; they merely soothe the conscience by making us feel that we are doing something.
We cannot have that on our conscience.
We should not underestimate the fears and emotions of those committed to defending our societies and our values against profit at any price and science without conscience.
The fact that we, as my group has demanded, are actually debating it this evening is almost enough to give one a bad conscience.
Athletes should not have to pay the price even if they are also citizens who can and must act in good conscience.
The critical dialogue should not be there to ease our conscience, while we in the meantime keep a keen eye on our own economic interests.
Rarely in parliamentary debate is that necessary, and rarely do political groups have to allow their members the freedom to decide in accordance with their conscience.

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