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regret; contrition; remorse: She felt no compunction about taking what didn’t belong to her.
Not to be confused with:
compulsion – an irresistible impulse; coercion: She couldn’t fight her compulsion to buy things she didn’t need.
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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.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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)]
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|Noun||1.||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
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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.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
1. A feeling of regret for one's sins or misdeeds:
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Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
compunction[kəmˈpʌŋkʃən] n → scrupule m
without compunction → sans scrupule
to have no compunction about doing sth → n'avoir aucun scrupule à faire qch
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
compunction[kəmˈpʌŋkʃ/ən] n → scrupolo
to have no compunction about doing sth → non farsi scrupoli a fare qc
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995