N-UNCOUNT (disapproval)
If you say that someone has no compunction about doing something, you mean that they do it without feeling ashamed or guilty.

Although tears well up, he has no compunction about relating how he killed his father.

English dictionary. 2008.


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  • 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.] [1913 Webster] That acid and piercing spirit which, with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • compunction — mid 14c., from O.Fr. compunction (12c., Mod.Fr. componction), from L.L. compunctionem (nom. compunctio) remorse; a pricking (of conscience), noun of action from compunct , pp. stem of L. compungere to severely prick, sting, from com , intensive… …   Etymology dictionary

  • compunction — ► NOUN ▪ a feeling of guilt or moral scruple that prevents or follows wrongdoing: he felt no compunction in letting her worry. DERIVATIVES compunctious adjective. ORIGIN Latin, from compungere prick sharply …   English terms dictionary

  • compunction — [kəm puŋk′shən] n. [ME compunccion < OFr compunction < LL compunctio, a pricking (in LL(Ec), the pricking of conscience) < L compunctus, pp. of compungere, to prick, sting < com , intens. + pungere, to prick: see POINT] 1. a sharp… …   English World dictionary

  • Compunction — (v. lat.), Zerknirschung, höchster Grad der Reue …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Compunction — Compunction, lat., Zerknirschung, Reue …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • compunction — index conscience, qualm, remorse, responsibility (conscience), scruple Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • compunction — 1 remorse, *penitence, repentance, contrition, attrition Analogous words: regret, *sorrow: conscientiousness, scrupulousness or scrupulosity (see corresponding adjectives at UPRIGHT) 2 scruple, demur, *qualm Analogous words: * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • compunction — [n] regret, sorrow attrition, conscience, contrition, misgiving, penitence, penitency, pity, punctiliousness, qualm, reluctance, remorse, repentance, rue, ruth, second thoughts, shame, stab of conscience, sympathy; concept 410 Ant. defiance,… …   New thesaurus

  • compunction — Compunction, ou Remors de conscience, Morsus et contractiunculae auium, Synteresis …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • compunction — n. 1) to feel, have; show compunction 2) compunction about (she felt no compunction about making us wait) 3) without compunction (he violated the law without the slightest compunction) * * * [kəm pʌŋkʃ(ə)n] have show compunction about (she felt… …   Combinatory dictionary

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