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While most developed nations recognize the embargo, China ignores it without compunction.
  guilt for a misdeed; or a feeling that it would be wrong to do something
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Compunction typically refers to a feeling of deep regret, but when used in the negative, such as "feels no compunction" or "did it without compunction", it typically references the slightest feeling.
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  • While most developed nations recognize the embargo, China ignores it without compunction.
  • Stop up the access and passage to remorse,
    That no compunctious visitings of nature
    Shake my fell purpose
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • This man has, I repeat, no place in a community whose basic principles he flouts without compunction.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • Her look smote him with compunction, and he cried out, as if he saw her drowning in a dream:
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome

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  • Yet the girl felt nothing for her mistress, no compunction, but slept and made love with Eurymakhos.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • You say you aren’t an enemy of Nephilim, but you set each of us against each other, family against family, wrecking lives without compunction.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • I would have no compunction about cutting off your fingers, one by one, and using them to fringe a very small rug.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • And I didn’t want anyone to think I was a racist—although nobody else in the Camp seemed to have the slightest compunction about expressing the broadest racial generalizations.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • He was a surly man, and he had no compunction about letting me know that he didn’t like me.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • Junior’s few photos revealed a face that was just a little too fine-boned—a look that people back then felt no compunction about referring to as "poor white trash."
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread

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  • Of course the majority of men are honest and won’t steal, but if they decide you’re Tories, they’ll have no compunction about taking your beef.
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead
  • As I have said, Nathan had encouraged me to keep Sophie company, so I had no compunction—after he had gone off to work—about walking out in the hallway and calling up to her with an invitation.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I admired her lack of compunction, the courage of her bad manners, the energy of simple rage.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Of his own will or under compunction, it does not matter.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • If they fire, Watson, have no compunction about shooting them down.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Mr. Linton stood looking at her in sudden compunction and fear.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • I felt no compunction in doing so for under the circumstances I felt that I should protect myself in every way I could.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • "I beg your pardon," said the reporter, with genuine compunction.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Vittoria felt compunction challenging a man in such frail health, but the director was so far out of line she didn’t even know him anymore.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Perry would have no such compunction, he knew, but he had been an alchemyst for far too long: he was dedicated to preserving life, not destroying it.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • This child had taken and lost her treasured amethyst brooch and now sat there calmly reciting the details thereof without the least apparent compunction or repentance.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • Nevertheless I couldn’t shake it, that small compunction towards her.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Had he already laid his plans for catching the daring plotter, red-handed, in France, and sending him to the guillotine without compunction or delay?
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • A movement of compunction, helped by those small indefinable influences which every personal relation exerts on a pliant nature, had urged him into a secret marriage, which was a blight on his life.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • I had little doubt then, and I have less doubt now, that he would have knocked me down without the least compunction, if I had hesitated.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Here again: Mr. Lorry’s inquiries into Miss Pross’s personal history had established the fact that her brother Solomon was a heartless scoundrel who had stripped her of everything she possessed, as a stake to speculate with, and had abandoned her in her poverty for evermore, with no touch of compunction.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Then, as compunctious for my fault I said, "Now wilt thou therefore tell that fallen one that his son is still conjoined with the living, and if just now I was dumb to answer, make him know that I was so because I was still thinking in that error which you have solved for me."
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • Mrs. Flint had rendered her poor foster-sister childless, apparently without any compunction; and with cruel selfishness had ruined her health by years of incessant, unrequited toil, and broken rest.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • She was torn with compunction and tempted to comply, but the very next letter she opened that day was from that same Colonel Cathcart, her husband’s group commander, and began: Dear Mrs., Mr., Miss, or Mr. and Mrs. Daneeka: Words cannot express the deep personal grief I experienced when your husband, son, father or brother was killed, wounded or reported missing in action.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • "I am sorry to see ’ee looking so ill," he stammered with unconcealed compunction.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • "It is this," he continued, with capricious compunction.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • But they were generally accompanied by a sense of compunction and self-abasement of which Newland Archer felt no trace.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • But she seemed timid at his approach, and compunction wrought on him at sight of it.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • I would shoot him with no more compunction than I would a snake or a man who cuckolded me.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • It may be that he pursues her doggedly and steadily, with no touch of compunction, remorse, or pity.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • When her husband came, she greeted him familiarly and affectionately, and as I witnessed it my own heart was wrenched, but not, I must confess, with compunction.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • Those whom he has been the chief cause of leading into ruin, he can neglect and desert without the smallest compunction.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • Emma wished he would be less pointed, yet could not help being amused; and when on glancing her eye towards Jane Fairfax she caught the remains of a smile, when she saw that with all the deep blush of consciousness, there had been a smile of secret delight, she had less scruple in the amusement, and much less compunction with respect to her.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • "It was horrid of me to say that of Gerty," she said with charming compunction.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • And George Osborne, as she walked away—and Amelia looked reprovingly at him—felt some little manly compunction for having inflicted any unnecessary unkindness upon this helpless creature.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • He thought of this after he got into the street; but he might have spared his compunction, for Catherine had not noticed the lapse.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • He told every rivet on my armour with a cloth-yard shaft, that rapped against my ribs with as little compunction as if my bones had been of iron—But that I wore a shirt of Spanish mail under my plate-coat, I had been fairly sped.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • I felt no compunction in yielding to my urge to touch her cheeks, to lightly touch her eyelids—familiarities, liberties I hadn’t taken with her since the night of our quarrel.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • He had just compunction enough for having done nothing for his sisters himself, to be exceedingly anxious that everybody else should do a great deal; and an offer from Colonel Brandon, or a legacy from Mrs. Jennings, was the easiest means of atoning for his own neglect.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • Maggie felt a deep movement of compunction; for the moment, her mind ceased to contend against what she felt to be cruel and unreasonable, and in her self-blame she justified her brother.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Even without this invitation, K. had shown no compunction in already placing his foot in the middle of the bed covers, then he looked out through the open door and drew his foot back again.
    Franz Kafka  --  The Trial
  • Mrs. Sparsit saw James Harthouse come and go; she heard of him here and there; she saw the changes of the face he had studied; she, too, remarked to a nicety how and when it clouded, how and when it cleared; she kept her black eyes wide open, with no touch of pity, with no touch of compunction, all absorbed in interest.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • My arguments perverted some others, particularly Collins and Ralph; but, each of them having afterwards wrong’d me greatly without the least compunction, and recollecting Keith’s conduct towards me (who was another freethinker), and my own towards Vernon and Miss Read, which at times gave me great trouble, I began to suspect that this doctrine, tho’ it might be true, was not very useful.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • Karenin correctly assessed the value of being one of a kind, and I can state without compunction that he greatly appreciated his friendship with the pig.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Scurrying back to Minneapolis to see a girl he had known as a child seemed the interesting and romantic thing to do, so without compunction he wired his mother not to expect himů. sat in the train, and thought about himself for thirty-six hours.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
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