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Conscience vs. Remorse

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Conscience

Conscience is a cognitive process that elicits emotion and rational associations based on an individual's moral philosophy or value system. Conscience stands in contrast to elicited emotion or thought due to associations based on immediate sensory perceptions and reflexive responses, as in sympathetic central nervous system responses.
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Remorse

Remorse is a distressing emotion experienced by an individual who regrets actions which they have done in the past that they deem to be shameful, hurtful, or wrong. Remorse is closely allied to guilt and self-directed resentment.
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Conscience

A person's moral sense of right and wrong, viewed as acting as a guide to one's behaviour
He had a guilty conscience about his desires
Ben was suffering a pang of conscience
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Remorse

Deep regret or guilt for a wrong committed
They were filled with remorse and shame
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Conscience

An awareness of morality in regard to one's behavior; a sense of right and wrong that urges one to act morally
Let your conscience be your guide.
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Remorse

Moral anguish arising from repentance for past misdeeds; bitter regret.
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Conscience

A source of moral or ethical judgment or pronouncement
A document that serves as the nation's conscience.
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Remorse

(Obsolete) Compassion.
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Conscience

Conformity to one's own sense of right conduct
A person of unflagging conscience.
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Remorse

A feeling of regret or sadness for doing wrong or sinning.
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Conscience

The part of the superego in psychoanalysis that judges the ethical nature of one's actions and thoughts and then transmits such determinations to the ego for consideration.
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Remorse

(obsolete) Sorrow; pity; compassion.
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Conscience

(Obsolete) Consciousness or awareness of something.
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Remorse

The anguish, like gnawing pain, excited by a sense of guilt; compunction of conscience for a crime committed, or for the sins of one's past life.
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Conscience

The moral sense of right and wrong, chiefly as it affects a person’s own behaviour and forms their attitude to their past actions.
Your conscience is your highest authority.
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Remorse

Sympathetic sorrow; pity; compassion.
Curse on the unpardoning prince, whom tears can drawTo no remorse.
But evermore it seem'd an easier thingAt once without remorse to strike her dead.
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Conscience

A personification of the moral sense of right and wrong, usually in the form of a person, a being or merely a voice that gives moral lessons and advices.
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Remorse

A feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
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Conscience

(obsolete) Consciousness; thinking; awareness, especially self-awareness.
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Conscience

Knowledge of one's own thoughts or actions; consciousness.
The sweetest cordial we receive, at last,Is conscience of our virtuous actions past.
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Conscience

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.
My conscience hath a thousand several tongues,And every tongue brings in a several tale,And every tale condemns me for a villain.
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.
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Conscience

The estimate or determination of conscience; conviction or right or duty.
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.
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Conscience

Tenderness of feeling; pity.
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Conscience

Motivation deriving logically from ethical or moral principles that govern a person's thoughts and actions
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Conscience

Conformity to one's own sense of right conduct;
A person of unflagging conscience
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Conscience

A feeling of shame when you do something immoral;
He has no conscience about his cruelty
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