guilty conscience


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Noun1.guilty conscience - remorse caused by feeling responsible for some offense
compunction, remorse, self-reproach - a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
survivor guilt - a deep feeling of guilt often experienced by those who have survived some catastrophe that took the lives of many others; derives in part from a feeling that they did not do enough to save the others who perished and in part from feelings of being unworthy relative to those who died; "survivor guilt was first noted in those who survived the Holocaust"
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"We wonder how such saints can sing, Or praise the Lord upon the wing, Who roar, and scold, and whip, and sting, And to their slaves and mammon cling, In guilty conscience union.
He had striven to put a cheat upon himself by making the avowal of a guilty conscience, but had gained only one other sin, and a self-acknowledged shame, without the momentary relief of being self-deceived.
It was with a sigh of relief that I quitted the chamber, convinced that nothing more than a guilty conscience had prompted my belief that either of my enemies suspected my true identity.
"Ah," she thought, "a guilty conscience is a most suspicious thing."
And as the Earl of Buckingham glanced behind him he overturned the bench upon which he sat, in his effort to gain his feet; for My Lord Earl of Buckingham had a guilty conscience.
His guilty conscience instantly arrayed these men against himself, and brought the fear upon him that he would be singled out, and torn to pieces.
It may be only his guilty conscience. Knowing himself to be a traitor, he may have read the accusation in the other's eyes."
Natalie's guilty conscience rushed instantly, nevertheless, to the conclusion that Richard suspected her.
This oppressive and paralysing sense of guilt and of sin is what Nietzsche refers to when he speaks of "the spirit of gravity." This creature half-dwarf, half-mole, whom he bears with him a certain distance on his climb and finally defies, and whom he calls his devil and arch-enemy, is nothing more than the heavy millstone "guilty conscience," together with the concept of sin which at present hangs round the neck of men.
If his own guilty conscience had not struck him down it is likely enough that I might have had his blood upon my soul.
"Miss Stacy never mentioned such a thing to me, Anne, and its only your guilty conscience that's the matter with you.