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.
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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
See compunction in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English compunccioun
Origin: , from Old French componction
Origin: , from Late Latin compūnctiō, compūnctiōn-, puncture, sting of conscience
Origin: , from Latin compūnctus
Origin: , past participle of compungere, to sting
Origin: : com-, intensive pref.; see com-
Origin: + pungere, to prick; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.
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