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Pronunciation:  kum'pungkshun

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)

COMPUNCTION is a 11 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: remorse, self-reproach
 See Also: guilt, guilt feelings, guilt trip, guilty conscience, penance, penitence, regret, repentance, ruefulness, sorrow



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

2. A picking of heart; poignant grief proceeding from a sense
   of guilt or consciousness of causing pain; the sting of

         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}.

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