compunction

Part of speech: noun

Self reproach; slight regret.

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Usage examples "compunction":

  1. With a movement of compunction as new and strange to him as everything else within the last hour, he started from his chair and went close up to Jem, looking at him as if he wanted to assure himself of the expression in his face. - "Silas Marner The Weaver of Raveloe", George Eliot.
  2. He had plunged into the midst of danger, and knew no pity, no compunction, no fatigue. - "Colorado--The Bright Romance of American History", F. C. Grable.
  3. For you I can no longer know pity or compunction. - "Lady Audley's Secret", Mary Elizabeth Braddon.