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Daemon
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compunction

(noun) A strong uneasiness caused by a sense of guilt.

Synonyms: remorse, self-reproach

Usage: This child had taken and lost her treasured amethyst brooch and now sat there calmly without the least apparent compunction or repentance.
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All the examples of the use of the word, "compunction", are in the negative: no compunction, without the slightest compunction, etc.

Is the word ever used in the positive? There are no examples that come to mind. Can someone offer an example to the contrary?

For the moment, I'm at a loss. Thanks
Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1
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Shulamit wrote:

Is the word ever used in the positive? There are no examples that come to mind. Can someone offer an example to the contrary?


I found three of them on this page:

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/compunction

Quote:
Linton stood looking at her in sudden compunction and fear.
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Shulamit
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Thank you for Lincoln's compunction and fear.

I honestly couldn't find the three examples you saw on TFD page's definition. Is there some other page, or do you see a different page than what I see. This is strange. Or am I looking right at it but just can't see it?
Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1
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Shulamit wrote:
Or am I looking right at it but just can't see it?

All the examples are at the bottom of the page on its right side. Here's another one that is in the positive:

Quote:
Mean, selfish, and cowardly as he was, even Noel Vanstone might feel some compunction at practicing such a deception as was here suggested on a woman who stood toward him in the position of Mrs.
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Notes: The need for today's Word seems to be diminishing: rappers advocate immorality, radio and TV thrive on it, while most business and political leaders seem to have lost their bearings. 'Tis a shame, too, for this word has a happy family of relatives: compunctious is the positive adjective and compunctionless, the negative. Both may be used adverbially by simply daubing on the suffix -ly.

In Play: It is respect for compunction that prevents us from behavior that makes us uncomfortable: "Aly Monie must have gotten a great settlement in her divorce: she now spends $400 a week on hairdos without any compunction at all." Compunction borders either side of the straight-and-narrow path that we all try hard to follow: "Sturbridge felt no compunction including the gifts to his girlfriends in his travel expenses."

Word History: Today's Good Word was borrowed from Old French componction, the legal heir of Latin compunctio(n) "puncture, prick of conscience". This noun came from the verb compungere "to prick, sting", made up of the prefix com-, used here as an intensive prefix, plus pungere "to prick, stick". The root of this word goes back to Proto-Indo-European peuk- or peug- with a Fickle N, that comes and goes mysteriously, such as the one we saw recently in the ancestor of languor. Without the Fickle N we see in pungere, this root appears in Latin pugil "boxer", origin of English pugilist.

http://www.alphadictionary.com/goodword/word/compunction
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compunction (n.)
mid-14c., from Old French compunction (12c., Modern French componction), from Late Latin compunctionem (nominative compunctio) "remorse; a pricking" (of conscience), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin compungere "to severely prick, sting," from com-, intensive prefix, + pungere "to prick, pierce," related to pugnus "a fist". Used in figurative sense by early Church writers. Originally a much more intense feeling, similar to "remorse," or "contrition."
Mehrdad77
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When you feel compunction you feel very, very sorry, usually for something you did to hurt someone or mess something up. When you feel no compunction, you're not at all sorry.

Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1
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Mehrdad77 wrote:
When you feel compunction you feel very, very sorry, usually for something you did to hurt someone or mess something up. When you feel no compunction, you're not at all sorry.

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https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/compunction
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Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1 wrote:
Mehrdad77 wrote:
When you feel compunction you feel very, very sorry, usually for something you did to hurt someone or mess something up. When you feel no compunction, you're not at all sorry.

You are expected to indicate the source of your quotation:

https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/compunction




Oooooo GURL, them is FIGHTIN' words. But I don't think what Merdad said was a quote because it wasn't that profound.
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Noun 1. compunction - a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)compunction - a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
remorse, self-reproach
regret, ruefulness, sorrow, rue - sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment; "he drank to drown his sorrows"; "he wrote a note expressing his regret"; "to his rue, the error cost him the game"
guilt feelings, guilt trip, guilty conscience, guilt - remorse caused by feeling responsible for some offense
penance, penitence, repentance - remorse for your past conduct
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