money paid, often anonymously, to relieve one’s conscience, as for an obligation previously evaded or a wrong done.
money paid voluntarily to compensate for dishonesty, esp money paid voluntarily for taxes formerly evaded


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    [kon-shuh ns] /ˈkɒn ʃəns/ noun 1. the inner sense of what is right or wrong in one’s conduct or motives, impelling one toward right action: to follow the dictates of conscience. 2. the complex of ethical and moral principles that controls or inhibits the actions or thoughts of an individual. 3. an inhibiting sense of […]

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    [kon-shuh ns-strik-uh n] /ˈkɒn ʃənsˌstrɪk ən/ adjective 1. greatly troubled or disturbed by the knowledge of having acted wrongfully. adjective 1. feeling anxious or guilty Also conscience-smitten

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    adj. c.1600, “conscious,” from Latin conscientem, present participle of conscire “to be conscious” (see conscience). Also with meaning “a conscious being” (c.1770).

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