A pricking of conscience or a feeling of regret, especially one which is slight or fleeting.
Exhibiting compunctions, scruples, feelings of guilt.
A pricking; stimulation.
‘That acid and piercing spirit which, with such activity and compunction, invadeth the brains and nostrils.’;
Of the nature of compunction; caused by conscience; attended with, or causing, compunction.
‘That no compunctious visitings of natureShake my fell purpose.’;
A picking of heart; poignant grief proceeding from a sense of guilt or consciousness of causing pain; the sting of conscience.
‘He acknowledged his disloyalty to the king, with expressions of great compunction.’;
a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
a feeling of guilt or moral scruple that prevents or follows the doing of something bad
‘they used their tanks without compunction’;