prick of conscience

Definition of prick of conscience

  1. :  a feeling of guilt He felt a prick of conscience.

Word by Word Definitions

prickplay
  1. :  a mark or shallow hole made by a pointed instrument

    :  a pointed instrument or weapon

    :  a sharp projecting organ or part

  1. :  to pierce slightly with a sharp point

    :  to affect with anguish, grief, or remorse

    :  to ride, guide, or urge on with or as if with spurs :  goad

conscienceplay
  1. :  the sense or consciousness of the moral goodness or blameworthiness of one's own conduct, intentions, or character together with a feeling of obligation to do right or be good

    :  a faculty, power, or principle enjoining good acts

    :  the part of the superego in psychoanalysis that transmits commands and admonitions to the ego


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