prick someone's conscience

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

conscience play
  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

  2. : a faculty, power, or principle enjoining good acts

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


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