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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Compunction  \Com*punc"tion\,  n.  [OF.  compunction,  F. 
  componction,  L.  compunctio,  fr  compungere  compunctum  to 
  prick;  com-  +  pungere  to  prick,  sting.  See  {Pungent}.] 
  1.  A  pricking;  stimulation.  [Obs.] 
 
  That  acid  and  piercing  spirit  which  with  such 
  activity  and  compunction,  invadeth  the  brains  and 
  nostrils.  --Sir  T. 
  Browne. 
 
  2.  A  picking  of  heart;  poignant  grief  proceeding  from  a  sense 
  of  guilt  or  consciousness  of  causing  pain;  the  sting  of 
  conscience. 
 
  He  acknowledged  his  disloyalty  to  the  king,  with 
  expressions  of  great  compunction.  --Clarendon. 
 
  Syn:  {Compunction},  {Remorse},  {Contrition}. 
 
  Usage:  Remorse  is  anguish  of  soul  under  a  sense  of  guilt  or 
  consciousness  of  having  offended  God  or  brought  evil 
  upon  one's  self  or  others  Compunction  is  the  pain 
  occasioned  by  a  wounded  and  awakened  conscience. 
  Neither  of  them  implies  true  contrition,  which  denotes 
  self-condemnation,  humiliation,  and  repentance.  We 
  speak  of  the  gnawings  of  remorse;  of  compunction  for  a 
  specific  act  of  transgression;  of  deep  contrition  in 
  view  of  our  past  lives.  See  {Regret}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  compunction 
  n  :  a  feeling  of  deep  regret  (usually  for  some  misdeed)  [syn:  {remorse}, 
  {self-reproach}] 




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