compunction


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com·punc·tion

 (kəm-pŭngk′shən)
n.
1. A strong uneasiness caused by a sense of guilt: stole the money without compunction. See Synonyms at penitence.
2. A sting of conscience or a pang of doubt aroused by wrongdoing or the prospect of wrongdoing: "commercial speculators and hired politicians who had no compunction about pillaging their country for personal gain" (Leo Damrosch).

[Middle English compunccioun, from Old French componction, from Late Latin compūnctiō, compūnctiōn-, puncture, sting of conscience, from Latin compūnctus, past participle of compungere, to sting : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + pungere, to prick; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.]

com·punc′tious (-shəs) adj.
com·punc′tious·ly adv.

compunction

(kəmˈpʌŋkʃən)
n
a feeling of remorse, guilt, or regret
[C14: from Church Latin compunctiō, from Latin compungere to sting, from com- (intensive) + pungere to puncture; see point]
comˈpunctious adj
comˈpunctiously adv

com•punc•tion

(kəmˈpʌŋk ʃən)

n.
1. a feeling of uneasiness or anxiety of conscience for doing wrong or causing pain; contrition; remorse.
2. any uneasiness or hesitation about the rightness of an action; qualm.
[1350–1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin compūnctiō remorse < Latin compung(ere) to prick severely (com- com- + pungere to prick; compare point)]
com•punc′tious, adj.
com•punc′tious•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.compunction - a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)compunction - a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
regret, ruefulness, sorrow, rue - sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment; "he drank to drown his sorrows"; "he wrote a note expressing his regret"; "to his rue, the error cost him the game"
guilt feelings, guilt trip, guilty conscience, guilt - remorse caused by feeling responsible for some offense
penance, penitence, repentance - remorse for your past conduct

compunction

noun guilt (compunction is usually used with reference to its scarcity or absence) misgiving, qualm, scruples, regret, reluctance, sorrow, remorse, repentance, contrition, penitence, stab or sting of conscience, work out He had no compunction about stealing from his parents.

compunction

noun
1. A feeling of regret for one's sins or misdeeds:
Theology: attrition.
2. A feeling of uncertainty about the fitness or correctness of an action:
Translations
samvittighetsnagsnev av dårlig samvittighet

compunction

[kəmˈpʌŋkʃən] Nescrúpulo m
without compunctionsin escrúpulo

compunction

[kəmˈpʌŋkʃən] nscrupule m
without compunction → sans scrupule
to have no compunction about doing sth → n'avoir aucun scrupule à faire qch

compunction

n (liter)Schuldgefühle pl, → Gewissensbisse pl; without the slightest compunctionohne sich im Geringsten schuldig zu fühlen

compunction

[kəmˈpʌŋkʃn] nscrupolo
to have no compunction about doing sth → non farsi scrupoli a fare qc
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And she did sleep; so soundly, so healthfully, that old Lizette without compunction stole softly away, to creep back through the moonlit fields to her own cabin in the new quarters.
Emma wished he would be less pointed, yet could not help being amused; and when on glancing her eye towards Jane Fairfax she caught the remains of a smile, when she saw that with all the deep blush of consciousness, there had been a smile of secret delight, she had less scruple in the amusement, and much less compunction with respect to her.
He had just compunction enough for having done nothing for his sisters himself, to be exceedingly anxious that everybody else should do a great deal; and an offer from Colonel Brandon, or a legacy from Mrs.
Linton stood looking at her in sudden compunction and fear.
Mean, selfish, and cowardly as he was, even Noel Vanstone might feel some compunction at practicing such a deception as was here suggested on a woman who stood toward him in the position of Mrs.
Lorry's inquiries into Miss Pross's personal history had established the fact that her brother Solomon was a heartless scoundrel who had stripped her of everything she possessed, as a stake to speculate with, and had abandoned her in her poverty for evermore, with no touch of compunction.
I had little doubt then, and I have less doubt now, that he would have knocked me down without the least compunction, if I had hesitated.
A movement of compunction, helped by those small indefinable influences which every personal relation exerts on a pliant nature, had urged him into a secret marriage, which was a blight on his life.
He told every rivet on my armour with a cloth-yard shaft, that rapped against my ribs with as little compunction as if my bones had been of iron But that I wore a shirt of Spanish mail under my plate-coat, I had been fairly sped.
Item, I entreat the aforesaid gentlemen my executors, that, if any happy chance should lead them to discover the author who is said to have written a history now going about under the title of 'Second Part of the Achievements of Don Quixote of La Mancha,' they beg of him on my behalf as earnestly as they can to forgive me for having been, without intending it, the cause of his writing so many and such monstrous absurdities as he has written in it; for I am leaving the world with a feeling of compunction at having provoked him to write them.
I could take a human life, if necessary, with far less compunction than that of a poor, unreasoning, irresponsible brute.
I felt no compunction in doing so for under the circumstances I felt that I should protect myself in every way I could.