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[kuh m-puhngk-shuh s] /kəmˈpʌŋk ʃəs/
causing or feeling compunction; regretful.
Origin of compunctious
1595-1605; compunct(ion) + -ious
Related forms
compunctiously, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Touching the initial affair with the squatters, he had no compunctious scruples.

    Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia William Gilmore Simms
  • No compunctious visitings of conscience seem to have haunted her.

  • All was not right at Blue Bluffs, they said; some escaping slave—perhaps the compunctious Vane himself, who knew?

  • Miss Colishaw's grim indignation, Mrs. Joy's cool audacity, her own compunctious helplessness,—all were indicated in turn.

    A Little Country Girl Susan Coolidge
  • A reaction of compunctious loyalty made my very heartstrings ache.

    A Positive Romance Edward Bellamy
  • And curious were her feelings—light-hearted, compunctious, as of one who escapes yet knows she will soon be seeking to return.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • Catharine, inured to treachery and hardened in vice, was apparently a stranger to all compunctious visitings.

    Henry IV, Makers of History John S. C. Abbott
  • It will permit no compunctious visitings of nature to shake its fell purpose.

    The Secret Service. Albert D. Richardson
  • But, amidst my present 'compunctious visitings,' I thought of atoning for my former rebellions by one heroic act of submission.

    Discipline Mary Brunton
  • He was compunctious as to his own share in it; but it was too late now to turn or go back.

    A Widow's Tale and Other Stories Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
Word Origin and History for compunctious

c.1600, from stem of compunction + -ous. Related: Compunctiously; compunctiousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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