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- a pricking of conscience, a slight regret
He pulled the trigger without compunction.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Com*punc"tion (?), n. [OF.
compunction, F. componction, L. compunctio,
fr. compungere, compunctum, to prick; com- +
pungere to prick, sting. See Pungent.]
1. A pricking; stimulation. [Obs.]
That acid and piercing spirit which, with such
activity and compunction, invadeth the brains and
Sir T. Browne.
2. A picking of heart; poignant grief
proceeding from a sense of guilt or consciousness of causing
pain; the sting of conscience.
He acknowledged his disloyalty to the king, with
expressions of great compunction.
Syn. -- Compunction, Remorse,
Contrition. Remorse is anguish of soul under a
sense of guilt or consciousness of having offended God or brought
evil upon one's self or others. Compunction is the pain
occasioned by a wounded and awakened conscience. Neither of them
implies true contrition, which denotes self-condemnation,
humiliation, and repentance. We speak of the gnawings of
remorse; of compunction for a specific act of
transgression; of deep contrition in view of our past
lives. See Regret.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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