compunction

[ kuh m-puhngk-shuh n ]SEE DEFINITION OF compunction
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His tone was filled full to overflowing with compunction as he answered.

Hers was not the nature to spare him, and she had no compunction.

Mr. Don rises, wincing, and Dick also is at once on his feet, full of compunction.

But the minister, filled with compunction, took her up in his arms.

A sudden feeling of shame brought with it one of compunction.

Will the creature feel any compunction at tyrannizing over them?

The young man felt a sudden pang of compunction, a twinge of conscience.

Has ravening aspiration any compunction; any contrite visitings of nature?

A moment's compunction rose in him at what he was about to do.

Well, just try to remember how many instances of compunction you have seen.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., from Old French compunction (12c., Modern French componction), from Late Latin compunctionem (nominative compunctio) "remorse; a pricking" (of conscience), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin compungere "to severely prick, sting," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + pungere "to prick" (see pungent). Used in figurative sense by early Church writers. Originally a much more intense feeling, similar to "remorse," or "contrition."

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