hy·​per·​con·​scious ˌhī-pər-ˈkän(t)-shəs How to pronounce hyperconscious (audio)
variants or hyper-conscious
: intensely or excessively aware : acutely conscious
How and how much someone eats is an incredibly loaded issue, especially these days, when it seems like everybody is hyperconscious of body image.Cathi Hanauer
hyperconsciousness noun
or hyper-consciousness
The painting's power owes much to the hyperconsciousness engendered by impending motherhood … Mario Naves
A non-chemical hallucinogen, golf breaks the human body into components so strangely elongated and so tenuously linked, yet with anxious little bunches of hyper-consciousness and undue effort bulging here and there, along with rotating blind patches and a sort of cartilaginous euphoria—golf so transforms one's somatic sense, in short, that truth itself seems about to break through the exacerbated and as it were debunked fabric of mundane reality. John Updike

Examples of hyperconscious in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web New generations are hyperconscious consumers who believe in the importance of supporting companies and brands that promote meaning, essence and values over wealth and money. Sir Anthony Ritossa, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 With external sensory inputs of hearing, touch, vision and even the pull of gravity neutralized, people tend to become hyperconscious of their internal symphony—the hum, strum and thrum of their breathing, heartbeat, intestinal activity and blood sluicing through their veins. Kate Murphy, WSJ, 13 Aug. 2022 Being hyperconscious of my appearance, the treatments left me reexamining social definitions of beauty. Stephan Rabimov, Forbes, 9 Dec. 2021 Central banks’ modern institutional design is hyperconscious of the value of independence. Paul Swartz, Fortune, 8 Nov. 2021 If minimalism is hyperconscious hyperselectivity, tacky is clueless excess, conveniently available at any price point. Hillary Kelly, Vulture, 4 Nov. 2021 But even Finnegans Wake, an unrivaled imagining of mental dark matter, consists entirely of Joyce’s hyperconscious, insanely erudite meta-thoughts. John Horgan, Scientific American, 6 Feb. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hyperconscious was in 1870

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“Hyperconscious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyperconscious. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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