Compunct Com*punct", a. [LL. compunctus, p. p.] Affected with compunction; conscience-stricken. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

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  • compunct — …   Useful english dictionary

  • compunction — compunctionless, adj. /keuhm pungk sheuhn/, n. 1. a feeling of uneasiness or anxiety of the conscience caused by regret for doing wrong or causing pain; contrition; remorse. 2. any uneasiness or hesitation about the rightness of an action. [1350… …   Universalium

  • compunctious — compunctiously, adv. /keuhm pungk sheuhs/, adj. causing or feeling compunction; regretful. [1595 1605; COMPUNCT(ION) + IOUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • compunction — mid 14c., from O.Fr. compunction (12c., Mod.Fr. componction), from L.L. compunctionem (nom. compunctio) remorse; a pricking (of conscience), noun of action from compunct , pp. stem of L. compungere to severely prick, sting, from com , intensive… …   Etymology dictionary

  • compunction — n. (usu. with neg.) 1 the pricking of the conscience. 2 a slight regret; a scruple (without compunction; have no compunction in refusing him). Derivatives: compunctious adj. compunctiously adv. Etymology: ME f. OF componction f. eccl.L compunctio …   Useful english dictionary

  • compunt — var. of compunct, Obs …   Useful english dictionary

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