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conscience (1 the usual sense; phr. “upon” or “in” (one's) “conscience” Tw.N. III. i. 33, 3H6 III. iii. 113, Oth. IV. iii. 62;—“a” or “o' conscience” [see A3] Per. IV. ii. 23;—“for conscience' sake” Cor. II. iii. 36)
1. sense of right and wrong Ham. III. i. 83 “Thus does make cowards of us all” ; Tp. II. i. 286 “I feel not This deity in my bosom: twenty consciences . . . candied be they” . . . .
2. regard for the dictates of conscience, conscientiousness Wint. IV. iii. [iv.] 663 “I cannot with take it,” Oth. III. iii. 203 “their best conscience Is not to leave't undone, but keep't unknown.”
3. inward knowledge or consciousness, internal conviction, inmost thought Wint. III. ii. 47, H5 IV. i. 124 “I will speak my of the king,” 2H6 III. i. 68, Cym. I. vi. 116 “my mutest conscience.”
4. reasonableness, sound judgement Tim. II. ii. 185 “Canst thou the lack, To think I shall lack friends?”
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