(comparative more compunctious, superlative most compunctious)
- Exhibiting compunctions, scruples, feelings of guilt.
Variant of compunction
- a sharp feeling of uneasiness brought on by a sense of guilt; remorse
- a feeling of slight regret for something done
Origin of compunctionMiddle English compunccion ; from Old French compunction ; from Late Latin compunctio, a pricking (in Ecclesiastical Late Latin the pricking of conscience) ; from Classical Latin compunctus, past participle of compungere, to prick, sting ; from com-, intensive + pungere, to prick: see point