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[kuh m-puhngk-shuh s]
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  1. causing or feeling compunction; regretful.
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Origin of compunctious

First recorded in 1595–1605; compunct(ion) + -ious
Related formscom·punc·tious·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • No compunctious visitings of conscience seem to have haunted her.

    Notable Women of Olden Time


  • 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

Word Origin and History for compunctious


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

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