compunction

[ kuhm-puhngk-shuhn ]
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noun
  1. a feeling of uneasiness or anxiety of the conscience caused by regret for doing wrong or causing pain; contrition; remorse.

  2. any uneasiness or hesitation about the rightness of an action.

Origin of compunction

1
1350–1400; Middle English compunccion (<Anglo-French ) <Late Latin compūnctiōn- (stem of compūnctiō), equivalent to Latin compūnct(us), past participle of compungere to prick severely (com-com- + pungere to prick; cf. point) + -iōn--ion

Other words from compunction

  • com·punc·tion·less, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for compunction

compunction

/ (kəmˈpʌŋkʃən) /


noun
  1. a feeling of remorse, guilt, or regret

Origin of compunction

1
C14: from Church Latin compunctiō, from Latin compungere to sting, from com- (intensive) + pungere to puncture; see point

Derived forms of compunction

  • compunctious, adjective
  • compunctiously, adverb

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