Definition of compunction in English:

compunction

noun

  • usually with negative A feeling of guilt or moral scruple that prevents or follows the doing of something bad.

    ‘spend the money without compunction’
    ‘he had no compunction about behaving blasphemously’
    • ‘In the marketplace everything becomes a commodity and all workers become wage slaves who can be fired without compunction.’
    • ‘He attacked the credibility of alleged accomplices who had turned state witness, saying there was little doubt that they had lied without compunction.’
    • ‘The courts have no similar compunction about making injunctions to prevent torts and these have very much the same effect.’
    • ‘Who lied, cheated, and stole without compunction?’
    • ‘Altogether this provided an ideological charter for the most extreme action, without compunction or remorse.’
    • ‘How can soldiers, who are trained to kill enemy combatants without compunction, be decompressed and integrated back into civilian life?’
    • ‘The ability to trample the rights of fellow human beings without compunction is rooted in a belief that the needs of society outweigh the needs of the individual.’
    • ‘Designed with love, it will be destroyed without compunction.’
    • ‘She clutched the bundle of wood to her chest like a shield and lied without compunction.’
    • ‘But I can, without compunction, recommend the film purely on its own merits.’
    • ‘We call them sociopaths because they will cheerfully cheat or attack others without compunction.’
    • ‘Hence his way of life can be sacrificed without compunction, and his protests go unheard.’
    • ‘V operates without compunction or mercy, and his brand of enforced anarchy is just as dictatorial as the forces to which he is opposed.’
    • ‘You will kill without compunction and die without complaint.’
    • ‘He has no shame and no compunction about throwing around baseless, false accusations such as liar, theft and fraud.’
    • ‘If the ancient human habit of taking what we want without understanding, without compassion, and without compunction continues unrestricted, it will lead us to extinction.’
    • ‘For it is clear they would do the same again, both in America and around the world, without compunction or hesitation.’
    • ‘The truth is that the average consumer today has no moral compunction about beating the system.’
    • ‘The teachers themselves organise photocopying of books without any moral compunction, assuming that they are after all helping their students.’
    • ‘The ‘nice’ party has been revealed as no such thing - rather, enthusiastically and without compunction, it destroyed its greatest electoral asset, a leader who had delivered its finest hour only months before.’
    scruples, misgivings, qualms, worries, unease, uneasiness, hesitation, hesitancy, doubts, reluctance, reservations
    View synonyms

Origin

Middle English: from Old French componction, from ecclesiastical Latin compunctio(n-), from Latin compungere ‘prick sharply’, from com- (expressing intensive force) + pungere ‘to prick’.

Pronunciation

compunction

/kəmˈpəNG(k)SH(ə)n//kəmˈpəŋ(k)ʃ(ə)n/