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Synonyms for compunctionkəmˈpʌŋk ʃən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. compunction, remorse, self-reproach(noun)

    a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)

    self-reproof, self-reproach, remorse, compunction


  1. compunction(noun)

    qualm, remorse, regret

  2. compunction(noun)

    A pricking of conscience or a feeling of regret, especially one which is slight or fleeting.

    remorse, qualm, regret

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. compunction

    Regret is sorrow for any painful or annoying matter. One is moved with penitence for wrong-doing. To speak of regret for a fault of our own marks it as slighter than one regarding which we should express penitence. Repentance is sorrow for sin with self-condemnation, and complete turning from the sin. Penitence is transient, and may involve no change of character or conduct. There may be sorrow without repentance, as for consequences only, but not repentance without sorrow. Compunction is a momentary sting of conscience, in view either of a past or of a contemplated act. Contrition is a subduing sorrow for sin, as against the divine holiness and love. Remorse is, as its derivation indicates, a biting or gnawing back of guilt upon the heart, with no turning of heart from the sin, and no suggestion of divine forgiveness.

    contriteness, contrition, penitence, regret, remorse, repentance, self-condemnation, sorrow

    approval, comfort, complacency, content, hardness, impenitence, obduracy, obstinacy, self-approval, self-complacency, self-congratulation, stubbornness

    Repentance of or in heart, or from the heart; repentance for sins; before or toward God; unto life.

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. compunction(n.)

    repentance, remorse, contrition, penitence, sorrow, regret, reproach of conscience, sting of conscience

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remorse, scruple

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