prick someone's conscience
Definition of prick someone's conscience
: to make someone feel guilty The photographs of the flood victims pricked my conscience and I knew I had to do something to help.
Word by Word Definitions
: a mark or shallow hole made by a pointed instrument
: a pointed instrument or weapon
: a sharp projecting organ or part
: 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
: some person : somebody
: 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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