A Word A Day : Compunction
Saturday, 22nd December 2007 : Today's Word is ...
( Noun )
Pronunciation : kum-púng-kshen
1. feelings of shame and regret about doing something wrong
2. a feeling of uneasiness or anxiety of the conscience caused by regret for doing wrong or causing pain
3. any uneasiness or hesitation about the rightness of an action
4. a sting of conscience or a pang of doubt aroused by wrongdoing or the prospect of wrongdoing
14th century - Via French - ecclesiastical Latin compunction - Latin compunct - past participle of compungere - sting strongly - pungere - to prick, sting
contriteness, contrition, penitence, penitency, remorse, remorsefulness, repentance, rue, attrition, conscience, misgiving, pity, punctiliousness, qualm, reluctance, ruth, shame, sorrow, sympathy
defiance, hardness, indifference, meanness, remorselessness, cruelty, disregard, unconcern
• Struggles and resolves had transformed themselves into compunction and anxiety.
• The beginning of compunction is the beginning of a new life.
• Well, just try to remember how many instances of compunction you have seen.
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