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Definition guilt for a misdeed; or a feeling that it would be wrong to do something
  • While most developed nations recognize the embargo, China ignores it without compunction.
compunction = a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
  • This man has, I repeat, no place in a community whose basic principles he flouts without compunction.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • compunction = regret or guilt
  • Yet the girl felt nothing for her mistress, no compunction, but slept and made love with Eurymakhos.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • compunction = guilt or feeling of regret
  • Her look smote him with compunction, and he cried out, as if he saw her drowning in a dream:
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • compunction = a feeling of deep regret and guilt
  • 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
  • compunction = guilt for a misdeed
  • Stop up the access and passage to remorse,
    That no compunctious visitings of nature
    Shake my fell purpose
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • compunctious = pricking the conscience (causing the feeling that it would be wrong to do something)
  • He ruins a man with as little compunction as one could fancy him, in his younger days, pulling the legs from a fly.
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Malefactor
  • Struggles and resolves had transformed themselves into compunction and anxiety.
    Eliot, George  --  Adam Bede
  • Will the creature feel any compunction at tyrannizing over them?
    Plato  --  The Republic
  • We assented vigorously, repeatedly, and without compunction.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  Tales of Unrest
  • But they were generally accompanied by a sense of compunction and self-abasement of which Newland Archer felt no trace.
    Wharton, Edith  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Will had bruised her pride too sorely for her to feel any compunction towards him and Dorothea: her own injury seemed much the greater.
    Eliot, George  --  Middlemarch
  • It may be that he pursues her doggedly and steadily, with no touch of compunction, remorse, or pity.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Bleak House
  • Linton stood looking at her in sudden compunction and fear.
    Bronte, Emily  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Oh," she added with a priceless air of compunction, "he is such a charming gentleman.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Arrow of Gold
  • Thereupon the confessor quitted his penitent with an air full of compunction.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  Ten Years Later
  • But my father has this very sum, five thousand pounds, and, as I tell him, I owe him so much that I have no compunction about owing him more.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  Beyond the City
  • He beheld her strike her breast with the compunction of a Christian woman.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Man in the Iron Mask
  • I could take a human life, if necessary, with far less compunction than that of a poor, unreasoning, irresponsible brute.
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice  --  A Princess of Mars
  • Well, just try to remember how many instances of compunction you have seen.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  Chance

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