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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

An uneasy feeling in one's conscience. A feeling that you should not do something because it is bad or wrong.

Usage examples (36)
  • The beginning of compunction is the beginning of a new life.
  • Notwithstanding all these arguments a compunction was always present in Miss Eelen's worn out yet not extinguished heart.
  • Terry's has been looking at the deeds of his own past life and is feeling "compunction", the sting of guilt.
  • She said at last while Andy, with a kind of compunction in his silence, waited: for more
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