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NOUN (3)

1. motivation deriving logically from ethical or moral principles that govern a person's thoughts and actions;
[syn: conscience, scruples, moral sense, sense of right and wrong]

2. conformity to one's own sense of right conduct;
- Example: "a person of unflagging conscience"

3. a feeling of shame when you do something immoral;
- Example: "he has no conscience about his cruelty"

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Conscience \Con"science\, n. [F. conscience, fr. L. conscientia, fr. consciens, p. pr. of conscire to know, to be conscious; con- + scire to know. See Science.] 1. Knowledge of one's own thoughts or actions; consciousness. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The sweetest cordial we receive, at last, Is conscience of our virtuous actions past. --Denham. [1913 Webster] 2. The faculty, power, or inward principle which decides as to the character of one's own actions, purposes, and affections, warning against and condemning that which is wrong, and approving and prompting to that which is right; the moral faculty passing judgment on one's self; the moral sense. [1913 Webster] My conscience hath a thousand several tongues, And every tongue brings in a several tale, And every tale condemns me for a villain. --Shak. [1913 Webster] As science means knowledge, conscience etymologically means self-knowledge . . . But the English word implies a moral standard of action in the mind as well as a consciousness of our own actions. . . . Conscience is the reason, employed about questions of right and wrong, and accompanied with the sentiments of approbation and condemnation. --Whewell. [1913 Webster] 3. The estimate or determination of conscience; conviction or right or duty. [1913 Webster] Conscience supposes the existence of some such [i.e., moral] faculty, and properly signifies our consciousness of having acted agreeably or contrary to its directions. --Adam Smith. [1913 Webster] 4. Tenderness of feeling; pity. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Conscience clause, a clause in a general law exempting persons whose religious scruples forbid compliance therewith, -- as from taking judicial oaths, rendering military service, etc. Conscience money, stolen or wrongfully acquired money that is voluntarily restored to the rightful possessor. Such money paid into the United States treasury by unknown debtors is called the Conscience fund. Court of Conscience, a court established for the recovery of small debts, in London and other trading cities and districts. [Eng.] --Blackstone. In conscience, In all conscience, in deference or obedience to conscience or reason; in reason; reasonably. "This is enough in conscience." --Howell. "Half a dozen fools are, in all conscience, as many as you should require." --Swift. To make conscience of, To make a matter of conscience, to act according to the dictates of conscience concerning (any matter), or to scruple to act contrary to its dictates. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

conscience n 1: motivation deriving logically from ethical or moral principles that govern a person's thoughts and actions [syn: conscience, scruples, moral sense, sense of right and wrong] 2: conformity to one's own sense of right conduct; "a person of unflagging conscience" 3: a feeling of shame when you do something immoral; "he has no conscience about his cruelty"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

55 Moby Thesaurus words for "conscience": anima, censor, coconscious, collective unconscious, compunction, conscientiousness, conscious self, death instinct, demur, ego, ego ideal, ego-id conflict, ethical self, ethics, fairness, foreconscious, grace, honor, id, inner arbiter, inward monitor, judgement, libidinal energy, libido, mind, moral censor, morality, morals, motive force, persona, personality, pleasure principle, preconscious, primitive self, principles, psyche, psychic apparatus, racial unconscious, scruple, scruples, self, social conscience, standards, subconscious, subconscious mind, subliminal, subliminal self, submerged mind, superego, tender conscience, twinge of conscience, unconscious, unconscious mind, vital impulse, voice of conscience
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Conscience that faculty of the mind, or inborn sense of right and wrong, by which we judge of the moral character of human conduct. It is common to all men. Like all our other faculties, it has been perverted by the Fall (John 16:2; Acts 26:9; Rom. 2:15). It is spoken of as "defiled" (Titus 1:15), and "seared" (1 Tim. 4:2). A "conscience void of offence" is to be sought and cultivated (Acts 24:16; Rom. 9:1; 2 Cor. 1:12; 1 Tim. 1:5, 19; 1 Pet. 3:21).
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

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.