prick someone's conscience

Definition of prick someone's conscience

  1. :  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

  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

  1. :  some person :  somebody

  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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a trip made at another's expense

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