Tuesday, February 18, 2003
compunction noun [kuhm-PUHNK-shuhn] Anxiety or deep unease proceeding from a sense of guilt or consciousness of causing pain.
Definitions for compunction
- Anxiety or deep unease proceeding from a sense of guilt or consciousness of causing pain.
- A sting of conscience or a twinge of uneasiness; a qualm; a scruple.
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Citations for compunction
Not only were tears one means of prayer, according to Benedict, they were the only pure form: "We must know that God regards our purity of heart and tears of compunction, not our many words."
Yet, while Louise and Ruth and I and all our ilk are consumed by self-reproach, these two can recall not an ounce of compunction.