|Origin:||Latin conscientia, from conscire 'to be conscious (of being guilty)', from com- ( COM-) + scire 'to know'|
con‧science [uncountable and countable]
the part of your mind that tells you whether what you are doing is morally right or wrong ! Do not confuse with consciousness (=the condition of being awake and aware of thoughts and feelings).
guilty/troubled conscience (=a guilty feeling, because you have done something wrong)
It was his guilty conscience that made him offer to help.
Well, at least I can face them all with a clear conscience (=when you know that you have done nothing wrong).
a film with a social conscience (=a moral sense of how society should be)
prisoner of conscience (=someone who is in prison because of their political or religious beliefs)
I can't tell you what to do - it's a matter of conscience (=something that you must make a moral judgment about).
a crisis of conscience among medical staff (=a situation in which it is very difficult to decide what is the right thing to do)
The dog's sad look pricked her conscience (=made her feel guilty) and she took him home.
a guilty feeling that you have about something bad you have done
twinge/pang of conscience
Ian felt a pang of conscience at having misjudged her.
have no conscience (about something) (=not feel guilty about something)
They've no conscience at all about cheating.
if you have something on your conscience, it makes you feel guilty:
He didn't want somebody's death on his conscience.
Could you live with that on your conscience?
if you cannot in all conscience do something, you cannot do it because you think it is wrong:
I couldn't in all conscience tell him that his job was safe.