Conscience v. Conscious


Conscience[1], noun

  1. 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.
  2. the complex of ethical and moral principles that controls or inhibits the actions or thoughts of an individual.
  3. an inhibiting sense of what is prudent: I’d eat another piece of pie but my conscience would bother me.
  4. conscientiousness.
  5. Obsolete. consciousness; self-knowledge.
  6. Obsolete.


Conscious[2], adjective

  1. aware of one’s own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, etc.
  2. 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.
  3. having the mental faculties fully active: He was conscious during the operation.
  4. known to oneself; felt: conscious guilt.
  5. aware of what one is doing: a conscious liar.
  6. aware of oneself; self-conscious.
  7. deliberate; intentional: a conscious insult; a conscious effort.

Conscious, noun

  1. the conscious, Psychoanalysis. the part of the mind comprising psychic material of which the individual is aware.


[1] conscience. Unabridged. Random House, Inc. (accessed: September 12, 2016).

[2] conscious. Unabridged. Random House, Inc. (accessed: September 12, 2016).