syneidesis

noun

syn·​ei·​de·​sis
ˌsiˌnīˈdēsə̇s
plural syneideses
-ēˌsēz
: the capacity to apply general principles of moral judgment to particular cases
distinguished from synderesis

Word History

Etymology

Medieval Latin, from Greek syneidēsis, literally, consciousness, awareness, from syneidenai to have knowledge of something, be aware of something (from syn- + eidenai to know) + -sis

First Known Use

1603, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of syneidesis was in 1603

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“Syneidesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/syneidesis. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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