Etymology of Conscience and Conscious

Conscience (which implies knowing how to differentiate good and evil in the moral sense) referred to in Latin as conscientia, associating with and meeting the adjective conscious (which implies the ability to perceive a particular reality of the environment), represented in Latin as consciens, result of the conjugation as a participle of the present tense conscīre (influenced by the suffix -ns), being constructed on the prefix con-, determining ‘union’ or encounter, and scīre, which refers to the capacity to know how to distinguish or evaluate, associated to the verb scindere, which is interpreted by the actions of ‘dividing’ or ‘separating’, exposing its Indo-European roots in*skei-, as ‘to cut’.

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