The Stirrings Of Conscience

The etymologists tell us that the word conscience is derived from the Latin conscire, meaning to know well, or to have an intimate knowledge of something.  This verb could be used in two contexts:  conscire alii (to know something along with someone else), and conscire sibi (to know something with oneself only).  Time and modern usage has given “conscience” the meaning of an internal conviction, a mental recognition of something.

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