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Etymology

From Middle English, from Old French, derived from Late Latin, compunctionem (a pricking), from Latin compunctus, the past participle of compungere (to severely prick), from com- + pungere (to prick).

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Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
compunction

Plural
compunctions

compunction (plural compunctions)

  1. a pricking of conscience, a slight regret
    He pulled the trigger without compunction.

Quotations

  • 1897: I felt no compunction in doing so, for under the circumstances I felt that I should protect myself in every way I could. — Dracula, Bram Stoker

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