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conscience

noun categorical imperative, code of duty, code of honor, compunction, conscientia, ethical judgment, ethical philosophy, ethical self, ethics, high ideals, high standards, honesty, honor, inner voice, integrity, inward monitor, mind, moral faculty, moral obligation, moral prinniples, moral sense, principle, probity, professional ethics, rectitude, scruples, sense of duty, sense of moral right, sense of right and wrong, superego, uprightness
Associated concepts: conscientious objector
Foreign phrases: Fides est obligatio conscientiae alicujus ad intentionem alterius.A trust is an obligation of conncience of one to the will of another. Judex habere debet duos sales—sales, salem sapientiae, ne sit insipidus; et salem conscientiae, ne sit diabolus . A judge ought to have two salts-the salt of wisdom, lest he be insipid; and the salt of conscience, lest he be devilish. La conscience est la plus changeante des regles. Conscience is the most changeable of rules.
See also: commitment, probity, remorse, responsibility

conscience

an internal sense of right and wrong. To respect differences between persons the law sometimes permits a CONSCIENCE CLAUSE. Freedom of conscience is a HUMAN RIGHT

CONSCIENCE. The moral sense, or that capacity of our mental constitution, by which we irresistibly feel the difference between right and wrong.
     2. The constitution of the United States wisely provides that "no religious test shall ever be required." No man, then, or body of men, have a right to control a man's belief or opinion in religious matters, or to forbid the most perfect freedom of inquiry in relation to them, by force or threats, or by any other motives than arguments or persuasion. Vide Story, Const. Sec. 1841-1843.

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Nay,' quoth Conscience to the King, and kneeled to the
So at length Conscience set forth to bring Reason to decide.
By this friendly aid of Fear, Conscience obtained a compleat victory in the mind of Black George, and, after making him a few compliments on his honesty, forced him to deliver the money to Jones.
I'm glad of that," said Jim; "for I, also, have a conscience, and it tells me not to crush in your skull with a blow of my powerful hoof.
You have a good conscience, friend Horse," it said, "and if you attend to its teachings it will do much to protect you from harm.
The director of her conscience was astounded at having the case presented to him thus with the simplicity of Columbus' egg.
We might say (without in the least imputing crime to a personage of his eminent respectability) that there was enough of splendid rubbish in his life to cover up and paralyze a more active and subtile conscience than the Judge was ever troubled with.
And, once sure of the course pointed out by conscience, you know me too well, Cousin Hepzibah, to entertain a doubt that I shall pursue it.
When literature becomes a duty it ceases to be a passion, and all the schoolmastering in the world, solemnly addressed to the conscience, cannot make the fact otherwise.
How- ever, even inquests went out of vogue at last, and ceased to torture Tom's conscience.
These offerings greatly helped to ease Tom's conscience.
I don't b'lieve you'd eat a baby if you lost your Conscience.