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compunction
used in The Mill on the Floss

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Definition
guilt for a misdeed; or a feeling that it would be wrong to do something
  • 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.
    5.5 -- Book 5 Chapter 5 -- The Cloven Tree (53% in)
  • Maggie burst out, cut to the heart with pity and compunction, and throwing her arms round her mother's neck; "I was always naughty and troublesome to you.
    7.3 -- Book 7 Chapter 3 -- Showing That Old Acquaintances Are Capable…. (46% in)

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