Conscience money

Conscience money
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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • conscience money — n. money one pays to relieve one s conscience, as in compensation for some former dishonesty …   English World dictionary

  • Conscience-money — (engl., spr. kónnschens mönnĭ), »Gewissensgeld«, ohne Namensangabe eingesandte Geldsummen, um die man, insbes. hinsichtlich der Steuerzahlung, die Staatskasse betrogen hatte …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • conscience money — index reparation (indemnification) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • conscience money — money paid, often anonymously, to relieve one s conscience, as for an obligation previously evaded or a wrong done. [1840 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • conscience money — money given to ease the giver s sense of guilt or wrongdoing …   English contemporary dictionary

  • conscience money — Money paid in settlement of an obligation which the person paying has previously evaded or concealed …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • conscience money — noun Date: 1839 money paid usually anonymously to relieve the conscience by restoring what has been wrongfully acquired …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • conscience money — con′science mon ey n. money paid, often anonymously, to relieve one s conscience, as for an obligation previously evaded • Etymology: 1840–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • conscience money — /ˈkɒnʃəns mʌni/ (say konshuhns munee) noun money paid to relieve the conscience, as for obligations previously evaded …   Australian English dictionary

  • conscience money — noun money paid because of feelings of guilt …   English new terms dictionary

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