[kuh m-puhngk-shuh s]


causing or feeling compunction; regretful.

Nearby words

  1. compulsive personality,
  2. compulsively,
  3. compulsory,
  4. compulsory purchase,
  5. compunction,
  6. compurgation,
  7. compurgator,
  8. computation,
  9. computational,
  10. computational complexity

Origin of compunctious

First recorded in 1595–1605; compunct(ion) + -ious

Related formscom·punc·tious·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for compunctious



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper