compunction NOUN a feeling of guilt or moral scruple that prevents or follows wrongdoing: he felt no compunction in letting her worry.
DERIVATIVES compunctious adjective.
ORIGIN Latin, from compungere 'prick sharply' .

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  • Compunctious — Com*punc tious, a. Of the nature of compunction; caused by conscience; attended with, or causing, compunction. [1913 Webster] That no compunctious visitings of nature Shake my fell purpose. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • compunctious — index blameful, contrite, penitent, remorseful, repentant Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • compunctious — c.1600, from stem of COMPUNCTION (Cf. compunction) + OUS (Cf. ous) …   Etymology dictionary

  • compunctious — adjective see compunction …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • compunctious — compunctiously, adv. /keuhm pungk sheuhs/, adj. causing or feeling compunction; regretful. [1595 1605; COMPUNCT(ION) + IOUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • compunctious — adjective Pertaining to compunctions, scruples, feelings of guilt. Come, you spirits …   Wiktionary

  • compunctious — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Feeling or expressing regret for one s sins or misdeeds: contrite, penitent, penitential, regretful, remorseful, repentant, sorry. See REGRET …   English dictionary for students

  • compunctious — adj. regretful; causing compunction …   English contemporary dictionary

  • compunctious — a. Repentant, penitent, contrite, remorseful, sorrowful, conscience stinging, conscience stung …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • compunctious — adj 1. remorseful, contrite, regretful, penitent, repentant, penitential; sorrowful, grieved, sad, mournful, doleful, rueful, sorry, apologetic; self reproaching, self reproving, self blaming, self accusing, self condemning, conscience stricken,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

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