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Word: compunction

Definition: remorse; strong uneasiness caused by guilt


Sentences Containing 'compunction'

A violent sociopath, he brutalizes and murders people, even his own henchmen, without compunction or remorse.
Despite massive resistance — both civilian and military — the conservative forces had learned the lessons of the failed October, 1970 uprising, and applied brutality without compunction.
I do not know whether he was seized with compunction at that moment for the part he was playing, but I know that I never felt more heartily ashamed of myself in my life than when I saw the beautiful creature against whom I was conspiring, or the grace and kindliness with which she waited upon the injured man.
I had little doubt then, and I have less doubt now, that he would have knocked me down without the least compunction, if I had hesitated.
I struck him down with no more compunction than if he had been some foul and venomous beast.
If they fire, Watson, have no compunction about shooting them down."
So much compunction for having ever wronged him, even by a shapeless thought, did I feel within me, that the confession of having done so was rising to my lips.

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