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Pronunciation:  'kânshusnis

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an alert cognitive state in which you are aware of yourself and your situation; "he lost consciousness"
  2. [n]  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"

CONSCIOUSNESS is a 13 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: cognisance, cognizance, knowingness
 Antonyms: unconsciousness
 See Also: awareness, cognitive state, ego, feel, knowing, self, self-awareness, sense, sensibility, sentience, state of mind, stream of consciousness, waking



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Con"scious*ness\, n.
1. The state of being conscious; knowledge of one's own
   existence, condition, sensations, mental operations, acts,

         Consciousness is thus, on the one hand, the
         recognition by the mind or ``ego'' of its acts and
         affections; -- in other words, the self-affirmation
         that certain modifications are known by me, and that
         these modifications are mine.         --Sir W.

2. Immediate knowledge or perception of the presence of any
   object, state, or sensation. See the Note under

         Annihilate the consciousness of the object, you
         annihilate the consciousness of the operation. --Sir
                                               W. Hamilton.

         And, when the steam Which overflowed the soul had
         passed away, A consciousness remained that it had
         left. . . . images and precious thoughts That shall
         not die, and can not be destroyed.    --Wordsworth.

         The consciousness of wrong brought with it the
         consciousness of weakness.            --Froude.

3. Feeling, persuasion, or expectation; esp., inward sense of
   guilt or innocence. [R.]

         An honest mind is not in the power of a dishonest:
         to break its peace there must be some guilt or
         consciousness.                        --Pope.

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