compunctious

compunctious

[kuhm-puhngk-shuhs]
adjective
causing or feeling compunction; regretful.

Origin:
1595–1605; compunct(ion) + -ious

compunctiously, adverb
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compunction (kəmˈpʌŋkʃən)
 
n
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]
 
com'punctious
 
adj
 
com'punctiously
 
adv

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compunctious
c.1600, from stem of compunction + -ous.
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