Definition of “conscience” - English Dictionary

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“conscience” in British 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)

“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 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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