The definition of compunction is a strong feeling of uneasiness caused by guilt.noun
An example of compunction is the feeling a teenager gets when returning to their house after sneaking out and realizing their mom is awake.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- a sharp feeling of uneasiness brought on by a sense of guilt; remorse
- a feeling of slight regret for something done
Origin: ME compunccion < OFr compunction < LL compunctio, a pricking (in LL(Ec), the pricking of conscience) < L compunctus, pp. of compungere, to prick, sting < com-, intens. + pungere, to prick: see point
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- A strong uneasiness caused by a sense of guilt. See Synonyms at penitence.
- A sting of conscience or a pang of doubt aroused by wrongdoing or the prospect of wrongdoing. See Synonyms at qualm.
Origin: Middle English compunccioun, from Old French componction, from Late Latin compūnctiō, compūnctiōn-, puncture, sting of conscience, from Latin compūnctus, past participle of compungere, to sting : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + pungere, to prick; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.
- com·puncˈtious adjective
- com·puncˈtious·ly adverb