compunction
[ kuhm-puhngk-shuhn ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
Middle English from Old French componction, from ecclesiastical Latin compunctio(n- ), from Latin compungere ‘prick sharply’, from com- (expressing intensive force) + pungere ‘to prick’
Synonyms
  • attrition
  • contrition
  • penitence
Antonyms
  • indifference
  • no remorse
Definition
a feeling of uneasiness or anxiety of the conscience caused by regret for doing wrong or causing pain; contrition; remorse
Example
The compunction alone was enough to make Andrew apologize for his action.
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