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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 ?
Before considering modern theories, let us look first at consciousness from the standpoint of conventional psychology, since this embodies views which naturally occur when we begin to reflect upon the subject.
If I set to work to recall what I did this morning, that is a form of consciousness different from perception, since it is concerned with the past.
It would have been quite enough, for instance, to have the consciousness by which all so-called direct persons and men of action live.
But when they had marched for about an hour in the dense fog, the greater part of the men had to halt and an unpleasant consciousness of some dislocation and blunder spread through the ranks.
In Jerry's heart and head, in the mysterious centre of all his activities that is called consciousness, the sound, "Mister Haggin," occupied the same place that "God" occupies in human consciousness.
I know only that my first consciousness was of maturity in body and mind--a consciousness accepted without surprise or conjecture.
When D'Arnot regained consciousness, he found himself lying upon a bed of soft ferns and grasses beneath a little "A" shaped shelter of boughs.
he muttered, and was comforted by the consciousness that he was not alone but that there was One who heard him and would not abandon him.
Yes, but they--Wurt, and Knaust, and Pripasov--would answer that your consciousness of existence is derived from the conjunction of all your sensations, that that consciousness of existence is the result of your sensations.
I dare say the money will be recovered, if that was all,' said he, with a desperate indifference, which his father set down to levity; but which sprung from the consciousness of worse behind.
Also, it is admitted, when consciousness suffused his brain with a thought, that the thought was dimmer, vaguer than a similar thought in a human brain.
I am known," said the Object, dashing itself again at the wall, "as the Consciousness of Duty Well Performed.