Definition of compunction in English:

compunction

Line breaks: com|punc¦tion
Pronunciation: /kəmˈpʌŋkʃ(ə)n
 
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noun

[mass noun, usually with negative]

Derivatives

compunctious

adjective
More example sentences
  • We are so conscientious and compunctious and compassionate that we did the EIA as early as in 1988 for the 2007 project.
  • And yet the point remains: the true psychopath has not in the first place the compunctious visitings whose passage needs to be stopped up.
  • The actual audience, like the heavenly one, can peep through the blanket of stage dark, and what it sees is that a compunctious visiting of nature prevents Lady Macbeth from carrying out the act at all.

compunctiously

Pronunciation: /-ʃəsli/
adverb

Origin

Middle English: from Old French componction, from ecclesiastical Latin compunctio(n-), from Latin compungere 'prick sharply', from com- (expressing intensive force) + pungere 'to prick'.

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