Conscience v. Conscious
- the inner sense of what is right or wrong in one’s conduct or motives, impelling one toward right action: to follow the dictates of conscience.
- the complex of ethical and moral principles that controls or inhibits the actions or thoughts of an individual.
- an inhibiting sense of what is prudent: I’d eat another piece of pie but my conscience would bother me.
- Obsolete. consciousness; self-knowledge.
- aware of one’s own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, etc.
- fully aware of or sensitive to something (often followed by of): conscious of one’s own faults; He wasn’t conscious of the gossip about his past.
- having the mental faculties fully active: He was conscious during the operation.
- known to oneself; felt: conscious guilt.
- aware of what one is doing: a conscious liar.
- aware of oneself; self-conscious.
- deliberate; intentional: a conscious insult; a conscious effort.
- the conscious, Psychoanalysis. the part of the mind comprising psychic material of which the individual is aware.