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[kuh m-puhngk-shuh s] /kəmˈpʌŋk ʃəs/
causing or feeling compunction; regretful.
Origin of compunctious
First recorded in 1595-1605; compunct(ion) + -ious
Related forms
compunctiously, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • No compunctious visitings of conscience seem to have haunted her.

  • 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
  • My firm resolution to hit my antagonist was now confirmed, and no compunctious visitings unnerved my arm.

  • The cattle tread down or masticate the fairest flowers without a single "compunctious visiting of nature."

    Flowers and Flower-Gardens David Lester Richardson
  • At length a compunctious vision shoots across the mind of the truant composer.

    Great Musical Composers

    George T. Ferris
  • But, amidst my present 'compunctious visitings,' I thought of atoning for my former rebellions by one heroic act of submission.


    Mary Brunton
  • Unluckily, when these compunctious visitings seized me I was standing by a rostrum of heterodoxy.

    Seeing and Hearing George W. E. Russell
  • All was not right at Blue Bluffs, they said; some escaping slave—perhaps the compunctious Vane himself, who knew?

  • Yet he describes himself as subject to compunctious visitations from that silent quarter.

  • Recollecting what his own method of bringing her round had been, his conscience gives him a compunctious stab.

    Red as a Rose is She Rhoda Broughton
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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