a feeling of uneasiness or anxiety of the conscience caused by regret for doing wrong or causing pain; contrition; remorse.
any uneasiness or hesitation about the rightness of an action.

1350–1400; Middle English compunccion (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin compūnctiōn- (stem of compūnctiō), equivalent to Latin compūnct(us), past participle of compungere to prick severely (com- com- + pungere to prick; cf. point) + -iōn- -ion

compunctionless, adjective

compulsion, compunction. Unabridged
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compunction (kəmˈpʌŋkʃən)
a feeling of remorse, guilt, or regret
[C14: from Church Latin compunctiō, from Latin compungere to sting, from com- (intensive) + pungere to puncture; see point]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., from O.Fr. compunction (12c.), from L.L. compunctionem (nom. compunctio) "a pricking" (of conscience), from L. compunctus, pp. of compungere "to severely prick, sting," from com- intensive prefix + pungere "to prick" (see pungent). Used in figurative sense by early
Church writers. Originally a much more intense feeling, similar to "remorse," or "contrition."
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Example sentences
Defendant showed no remorse until he was caught, showed no regret, showed no
  moral compunction at all.
Psychopaths lie without compunction, injure without remorse, and cheat with
  little fear of detection.
He or she will have no compunction about writing up a detailed report of my
But mobsters generally have little compunction about resorting to violence as a
  means to the end, which is making money.
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