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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: componction, from Late Latin, from Latin compungere 'to sting', from com- ( COM-) + pungere ( PUNGENT)

compunction

noun
     
com‧punc‧tion [uncountable usually in negatives] formal
a feeling that you should not do something because it is bad or wrong
have/feel no compunction about (doing) something
He had no compunction about interfering in her private affairs.
They used their tanks against the leftists without compunction.

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