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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 ?
I was not asleep, no need for pinching here; my inner consciousness told me as plainly that I was upon Mars as your conscious mind tells you that you are upon Earth.
The smiling lips tensed to the nervous shock of a momentary agony which the conscious mind never apprehended, and then the dead sank limply back into that deepest of slumbers from which there is no awakening.
HOW strange that when we dream, we sometimes see the faces of strangers that we've never met Yet in these dreams, even though we can see these faces so really sharp and clearly, as seen as we awaken they immediately disappear, and we very quickly forget It's as if the sleeping mind can actually create its own image of a human face Yet if we wanted to describe these faces when we awaken, the conscious mind would not remember, or those sleeping images be able to trace Perhaps one day science will be able to explain why we only see these faces in our fitful dreams Or perhaps existence itself is not quite as understandable as we've always thought it But far more complex and mysterious than perhaps it seems ...
As I've written in the past, your conscious mind can only do one thing at a time, but your subconscious can do hundreds.
'If your work ethic is compromised, you will never have peace because you will always have a guilty conscious mind, protect your integrity and your family.
"Your conscious mind isn't thinking about your smartphone, but that process--the process of requiring yourself to not think about something--uses up some of your limited cognitive resources.
But he was ambivalent about philosophy, regarding it as metaphysical, too limited to the conscious mind, and ignorant of empirical knowledge.
"New ideas bubble up in our unconscious mind, but most of them don't make it to our conscious mind. The way you learn how to free yourself is through letting these ideas come into your mind."
The trauma can also lead to psychogenic amnesia; described by Freud as an act of self-preservation where unpleasant memories are repressed or blocked from entering the conscious mind. This is one of the reasons behind delayed accusations.
It is now well established by the science of psychology, which was in its embryonic stages in the times of Hegel and Marx, that just as there is a conscious mind which functions through our five senses so there is the subconscious mind which operates independently 0f our objective faculties through the autonomic system of nerves and some well-identified glands, and that whatever Suggestion or idea is accepted and entertained by the conscious mind tends to be accepted by the subconscious mind which materialises such suggestion or idea in the physical world of matters, whether we like it or not.
Basil leads the heart and conscious mind to happiness, clearing bad energy movement between the heart and the hands.
Some have likened our subconscious mind to a garden, with our conscious mind as the gardener.