conscience collocations and examples

 UK /ˈkɒnʃ(ə)ns/

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the feeling that tells you whether something you do is right or wrong


Adjectives frequently used with conscience
not feeling guilty: clear, goodUnfortunately we can make no such claim with a clear conscience.feeling guilty: bad, guilty, troubledI had a guilty conscience about misleading them.involving one or more people: collective, individual, personal, publicThe leadership said this was a matter of individual conscience.types of conscience: moral, political, socialMo has a social conscience that motivates her to try and make the world a better place.
Verbs frequently used with conscience
have a conscience: haveI have a very clear conscience about doing this.when you feel guilty: awaken, prick, troubleHis conscience was pricked by the sufferings of these starving people.

Usage note

You can also say that something is on your conscience: I don’t want another death on my conscience.You can describe feelings of guilt as pangs of conscience: A lot of people would have felt real pangs of conscience about what had happened.

when you feel less guilty: ease, salveWe may salve our consciences by thinking we give lots of aid to the Third World.when you try to decide what to do: examine, wrestle withI spent this weekend wrestling with my conscience over the somewhat dubious morality of this situation.do what your conscience tells you: followAre there exceptional occasions on which people should follow their consciences even if it means breaking the law?

Verbs that frequently follow conscience
dictate something, tell someone to do somethingOur consciences dictate that we must oppose it and that we must attempt to alter it.
 
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