Compunctiously Com*punc"tious*ly, adv. With compunction. [1913 Webster]

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  • compunctiously — See compunctious. * * * …   Universalium

  • compunctiously — com·punc·tious·ly …   English syllables

  • compunctiously — adverb see compunctious * * * compuncˈtiously adverb • • • Main Entry: ↑compunction …   Useful english dictionary

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

  • compunction — noun a feeling of guilt or moral scruple that prevents or follows a bad action. Derivatives compunctious adjective compunctiously adverb Origin ME: from OFr. componction, from eccles. L. compunctio(n ), from L. compungere prick sharply …   English new terms dictionary

  • compunctious — /kəmˈpʌŋkʃəs/ (say kuhm pungkshuhs), / ˈpʌŋʃəs/ (say pungshuhs) adjective Obsolete causing compunction; causing misgiving, regret, or remorse. –compunctiously, adverb …   Australian English dictionary

  • compunction — [kəm puŋk′shən] n. [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] 1. a sharp… …   English World 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

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