clean (esp. AmE), clear, easy, good

How can you do your job with a clean conscience?

I have a clear conscience.

bad, guilty, troubled, uneasy

a dying man with a guilty conscience

civic, environmental, moral, political, social

consumers with an environmental conscience

a government with no social conscience


a seminal conference on religious conscience and poverty


I never knew a more tender conscience on every point of duty.


the collective conscience of American business


It should be a matter of individual conscience.


He had no conscience about taking his brother's money.

appease, assuage, clear, ease, salve, soothe

We assuaged our conscience by telling ourselves that they would be worse off without us.

To clear my conscience and make it up to you, I'd like to take you out to dinner.

After the meal she spent a week dieting to salve her conscience.

prick, trouble
appeal to, arouse, awaken, rouse, stir

a bill which has shocked the conscience of every middle-class community

wrestle with

He wrestled with his conscience all night long.


I have only ever followed my conscience.


At the end of each day, examine your conscience.

guide sb/sth, tell sb sth

He felt his conscience telling him to apologize.

It's important to let your conscience guide your decisions.

bother sb, prick sb (esp. BrE), trouble sb (esp. BrE)

Her conscience was bothering her a little.

Her conscience pricked her every time she thought of how cruel she had been to Kirby.

dictate sth

My conscience dictates that I resign.

on your conscience

I'm sure she has something on her conscience.

It was on his conscience that he hadn't called her.

an act of conscience (esp. AmE)

His decision appears to have been an act of conscience.

an attack of conscience

Best came forward because of an attack of conscience.

a crisis of conscience
freedom of conscience, liberty of conscience
in all conscience, in conscience, in good conscience (= honestly)

We cannot in all conscience refuse to help.

let conscience be your guide
a matter of conscience

This question is a matter of individual conscience.

man/woman/people of conscience

How could people of conscience allow this to happen?

a pang of conscience, a prick of conscience (BrE), a twinge of conscience (esp. BrE)

I had a sudden pang of conscience that I really ought to tell the truth.

the right of conscience, the rights of conscience (both AmE)

individual rights and rights of conscience on our campuses of higher education

the voice of conscience

She refused to listen to the voice of conscience.

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