consciousness

When you are awake and aware of your surroundings, that's consciousness. There are different types of consciousness, including social consciousness, being aware of injustices in society.

The early Latin word conscius meant "with knowing," but it meant a shared knowledge, a meaning that was retained through the 16th Century. John Locke was the first to describe consciousness in relation to the individual, referring to it as “the perception of what passes in a man’s own mind." If you lose consciousness during the performance, we'll wake you up with some smelling salts!

Definitions of consciousness
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n an alert cognitive state in which you are aware of yourself and your situation

“he lost consciousness
Antonyms:
unconsciousness
a state lacking normal awareness of the self or environment
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stream of consciousness
the continuous flow of ideas and feelings that constitute an individual's conscious experience
ego, self
your consciousness of your own identity
awareness, sentience
state of elementary or undifferentiated consciousness
aesthesia, esthesia, sensibility
mental responsiveness and awareness
waking
the state of remaining awake
anima
(Jungian psychology) the inner self (not the external persona) that is in touch with the unconscious
wakefulness
a periodic state during which you are conscious and aware of the world
Type of:
cognitive state, state of mind
the state of a person's cognitive processes

n having knowledge of

“his sudden consciousness of the problem he faced”
Synonyms:
awareness, cognisance, cognizance, knowingness
Antonyms:
incognizance
a lack of knowledge or recognition
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self-awareness
awareness of your own individuality
feel
an intuitive awareness
sense
a general conscious awareness
orientation
a person's awareness of self with regard to position and time and place and personal relationships
self-consciousness
self-awareness plus the additional realization that others are similarly aware of you
sense of direction
an awareness of your orientation in space
sense of responsibility
an awareness of your obligations
Type of:
knowing
a clear and certain mental apprehension