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con·scious·ness

 (kŏn′shəs-nĭs)
n.
1. The state or condition of being conscious.
2. A sense of one's personal or collective identity, including the attitudes, beliefs, and sensitivities held by or considered characteristic of an individual or group: Love of freedom runs deep in the national consciousness.
3.
a. Special awareness or sensitivity: class consciousness; race consciousness.
b. Alertness to or concern for a particular issue or situation: a movement aimed at raising the general public's consciousness of social injustice.
4. In psychoanalysis, the conscious.

con•scious•ness

(ˈkɒn ʃəs nɪs)

n.
1. the state of being conscious; awareness.
2. the thoughts and feelings, collectively, of an individual or of an aggregate of people.
3. full activity of the mind and senses, as in waking life: to regain consciousness.
4. awareness of something for what it is; internal knowledge: consciousness of wrongdoing.
5. concern, interest, or awareness: class consciousness.
6. the mental activity of which a person is aware, contrasted with unconscious thought.
7. Philos. the mind or the mental faculties, characterized by thought, feelings, and volition.
Idioms:
raise one's consciousness, to make or become aware of one's own or another's needs, attitudes, etc., esp. stemming from political or social repression.
[1625–35]

conscious

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1. 'conscious'

Conscious is an adjective. If you are conscious of something, you are aware of it.

She became conscious of Rudolph looking at her.
I was conscious that he had changed his tactics.

If you are conscious, you are awake, rather than asleep or unconscious.

The patient was fully conscious during the operation.
2. 'consciousness'

Consciousness is a noun. You can refer to your mind and thoughts as your consciousness.

Doubts were starting to enter into my consciousness.

If you lose consciousness, you become unconscious. If you regain consciousness or recover consciousness, you become conscious again after being unconscious. These are fairly formal expressions.

He fell down and lost consciousness.
He began to regain consciousness just as Kate was leaving.
She died in hospital without recovering consciousness.

In more informal English you can say that you pass out instead of 'lose consciousness', and come round instead of 'regain/recover consciousness'.

He felt sick and dizzy, then passed out.
When I came round, I was on the kitchen floor.
3. 'conscience'

Conscience is a noun. Your conscience is the part of your mind that tells you whether what you are doing is right or wrong.

My conscience told me to vote against the others.
Their consciences were troubled by stories of famine and war.
4. 'conscientious'

Conscientious is an adjective. Someone who is conscientious is very careful to do their work properly.

We are generally very conscientious about our work.
She seemed a conscientious, serious young woman.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.consciousness - an alert cognitive state in which you are aware of yourself and your situationconsciousness - an alert cognitive state in which you are aware of yourself and your situation; "he lost consciousness"
cognitive state, state of mind - the state of a person's cognitive processes
stream of consciousness - the continuous flow of ideas and feelings that constitute an individual's conscious experience
self, ego - your consciousness of your own identity
sentience, awareness - state of elementary or undifferentiated consciousness; "the crash intruded on his awareness"
aesthesia, esthesia, sensibility - mental responsiveness and awareness
waking - the state of remaining awake; "days of danger and nights of waking"
unconsciousness - a state lacking normal awareness of the self or environment
2.consciousness - having knowledge of; "he had no awareness of his mistakes"; "his sudden consciousness of the problem he faced"; "their intelligence and general knowingness was impressive"
self-awareness - awareness of your own individuality
feel - an intuitive awareness; "he has a feel for animals" or "it's easy when you get the feel of it";
sense - a general conscious awareness; "a sense of security"; "a sense of happiness"; "a sense of danger"; "a sense of self"
knowing - a clear and certain mental apprehension

consciousness

noun
1. awareness, understanding, knowledge, recognition, enlightenment, sensibility, realization, apprehension His political consciousness sprang from his upbringing.
2. sentience, awareness, sensibility She banged her head and lost consciousness.
Quotations
"Consciousness... is the phenomenon whereby the universe's very existence is made known" [Roger Penrose The Emperor's New Mind]

consciousness

noun
The condition of being aware:
Translations
وَعْيوَعْي، إدْراك
vědomí
bevidsthed
teadvus
tajuntataju
svijest
tudattudatosság
meîvitund
意識
의식
conştiinţă
zavest
medvetande
การรู้สึกตัว
sự tỉnh táo

consciousness

[ˈkɒnʃəsnɪs]
A. N
1. (= awareness) → conciencia f, consciencia f (of de) to raise sb's consciousness of sthconcienciar a algn sobre algo (Sp), concientizar a algn sobre algo (LAm)
2. (Med) → conocimiento m
to lose consciousnessperder el conocimiento
to regain consciousnessrecobrar el conocimientovolver en sí
B. CPD consciousness raising Nconcienciación f (Sp), concientización f (LAm)

consciousness

[ˈkɒnʃəsnəs] n
(MEDICINE)connaissance f
to lose consciousness → perdre connaissance
I lost consciousness → J'ai perdu connaissance.
to regain consciousness → reprendre connaissance
(= awareness) → conscience fconsciousness raising
modif [group, campaign] → de sensibilisation

consciousness

n
(Med) → Bewusstsein nt; to lose consciousnessdas Bewusstsein verlieren, bewusstlos werden; to regain consciousnessdas Bewusstsein wiedererlangen, wieder zu sich kommen
(= awareness)Bewusstsein nt, → Wissen nt; her consciousness of her abilitiesdas Wissen um ihre Fähigkeiten
(= conscious mind)Bewusstsein nt; to be consciousness-raisingden Bewusstseinsgrad erhöhen, bewusstseinserweiternd sein

consciousness

[ˈkɒnʃəsnɪs] n
a. (awareness) consciousness (of)consapevolezza or coscienza (di)
b. (Med) → conoscenza
to lose/regain consciousness → perdere/riprendere conoscenza or i sensi

conscious

(ˈkonʃəs) adjective
1. aware of oneself and one's surroundings; not asleep or in a coma or anaesthetized etc. The patient was conscious.
2. (sometimes with of) aware or having knowledge (of). They were conscious of his disapproval.
ˈconsciously adverb
ˈconsciousness noun
The patient soon regained consciousness.

consciousness

وَعْي vědomí bevidsthed Bewusstsein συναίσθηση conciencia tajunta conscience svijest coscienza 意識 의식 bewustzijn bevissthet świadomość consciência сознание medvetande การรู้สึกตัว bilinçlilik sự tỉnh táo 意识

con·scious·ness

n. consciencia, conocimiento, sentido; estado consciente;
clouding of ___torpor, confusión, entorpecimiento mental;
vt.
to lose ___perder el conocimiento; perder el sentido.

consciousness

n conciencia or consciencia, conocimiento; altered level of — alteración f del nivel de conciencia; collective — conciencia colectiva; loss of — pérdida del conocimiento or de la conciencia; to lose — perder el conocimiento or la conciencia; to regain — volver en sí; [Note: conciencia is the more common spelling, but since it also means conscience, consciencia may be used to try to avoid confusion. According to the RAE consciencia should never mean conscience, but this distinction often goes unobserved.]
References in classic literature ?
And Amy went on with her work, in the proud consciousness of virtue and the successful utterance of two long words in a breath.
On the January night, after he had come near dying with cold and after his mind had two or three times actually slipped away into an odd land of fan- tasy so that he had by an exercise of will power to force himself back into consciousness, Kate Swift appeared.
Every morning I wakened with a fresh consciousness that winter was over.
An indescribable oppression, which seemed to generate in some unfamiliar part of her consciousness, filled her whole being with a vague anguish.
He seated himself on a projection of the rocks, whence he gave no other signs of consciousness than by the struggles of his spirit, as manifested in frequent and heavy sighs.
Had they shown the least consciousness of their finery, or of its absurdity, they would have seemed despicable.
To find the born and educated lady, on the other hand, we need look no farther than Hepzibah, our forlorn old maid, in her rustling and rusty silks, with her deeply cherished and ridiculous consciousness of long descent, her shadowy claims to princely territory, and, in the way of accomplishment, her recollections, it may be, of having formerly thrummed on a harpsichord, and walked a minuet, and worked an antique tapestry-stitch on her sampler.
But, as thoughts are frozen and utterance benumbed, unless the speaker stand in some true relation with his audience, it may be pardonable to imagine that a friend, a kind and apprehensive, though not the closest friend, is listening to our talk; and then, a native reserve being thawed by this genial consciousness, we may prate of the circumstances that lie around us, and even of ourself, but still keep the inmost Me behind its veil.
In spite of this timidity-- which the child herself, in the oddest way in the world, had been perfectly frank and brave about, allowing it, without a sign of uncomfortable consciousness, with the deep, sweet serenity indeed of one of Raphael's holy infants, to be discussed, to be imputed to her, and to determine us-- I feel quite sure she would presently like me.
I knew not how this consciousness at last glided away from me; but waking in the morning, I shudderingly remembered it all, and for days and weeks and months afterwards I lost myself in confounding attempts to explain the mystery.
It would be a secret satisfaction; but the consciousness of a similarity of prospect would certainly add to the interest with which she should attend to any thing Jane might communicate.
She knew this well; and yet, in the moments of wretched unbenumbed consciousness, the sense of her want and degradation transformed itself continually into bitterness towards Godfrey.