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compunction
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
guilt for a misdeed; or a feeling that it would be wrong to do something
  • Will had bruised her pride too sorely for her to feel any compunction towards him and Dorothea: her own injury seemed much the greater.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (62% in)
  • Alarm at the possible effect on himself of her husband's strongly manifested anger, would have checked any expression of her own resentment, even if she had been quite free from doubt and compunction under the consciousness that there might be some justice in his last insinuation.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (50% in)

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