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compunction

com·punc·tion

compunction

 
pronunciation:
km puhngk shn
part of speech: noun
definition 1: uneasiness about the propriety or suitability of an action; qualm.
He had no compunctions about stealing.
synonyms:
qualm, scruple
similar words:
anxiety, concern, misgiving, worry
definition 2: regret for doing something wrong or harmful; contrition.
synonyms:
contrition, penitence, regret
similar words:
guilt, misgiving, pang, remorse, repentance, rue, self-reproach, shame
derivations: compunctious (adj.), compunctiously (adv.)