conscience

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consciences
1) N-COUNT: usu sing, with supp, oft poss N, adj N Your conscience is the part of your mind that tells you whether what you are doing is right or wrong. If you have a guilty conscience, you feel guilty about something because you know it was wrong. If you have a clear conscience, you do not feel guilty because you know you have done nothing wrong.

I have battled with my conscience over whether I should actually send this letter...

What if he got a guilty conscience and brought it back?...

I could go away again with a clear conscience.

2) N-UNCOUNT Conscience is doing what you believe is right even though it might be unpopular, difficult, or dangerous.

He refused for reasons of conscience to sign a new law legalising abortion.

...the law on freedom of conscience and religious organizations.

3) N-UNCOUNT Conscience is a feeling of guilt because you know you have done something that is wrong.

I'm so glad he had a pang of conscience...

They have shown a ruthless lack of conscience.

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4) PHRASE: PHR with cl, with brd-neg If you say that you cannot do something in all conscience, in good conscience, or in conscience, you mean that you cannot do it because you think it is wrong.

She could not, in good conscience, back out on her deal with him.

5) PHRASE: PHR after v, v-link PHR If you have something on your conscience, you feel guilty because you know you have done something wrong.

Now the murderer has two deaths on his conscience.


English dictionary. 2008.

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