Compunctious

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Compunctious Of the nature of compunction; caused by conscience; attended with, or causing, compunction. "That no compunctious visitings of nature
      Shake my fell purpose."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • compunctious Causing compunction; pricking the conscience; causing misgiving, regret, or remorse.
    • compunctious Troubled with a feeling of compunction.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Compunctious feeling or causing compunction: repentant: remorseful
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. compunctio, -niscom, inten., and pungĕre, punctum, to prick.

Usage

In literature:

June was instantly compunctious; she ran to her aunt and kissed her.
"The Forsyte Saga, Volume I." by John Galsworthy
June was instantly compunctious; she ran to her aunt and kissed her.
"The Forsyte Saga, Complete" by John Galsworthy
The gobernadorcillo was very compunctious.
"The Social Cancer" by José Rizal
The "compunctious visitings" would continue still.
"Birds in Town and Village" by W. H. Hudson
His reflections were not altogether satisfactory, and kindled a few compunctious thoughts.
"Hatchie, the Guardian Slave; or, The Heiress of Bellevue" by Warren T. Ashton
Touching the initial affair with the squatters, he had no compunctious scruples.
"Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia" by William Gilmore Simms
When my lady was gone, Bessie grieved and vexed herself with compunctious thoughts.
"The Vicissitudes of Bessie Fairfax" by Harriet Parr
Having, by this provision for riding post, quieted the compunctious visitings of conscience, he entered the house.
"The Actress in High Life" by Sue Petigru Bowen
At length a compunctious visiting shoots across the mind of the truant composer.
"Great Italian and French Composers" by George T. Ferris
But your friend will have no such compunctious visitings.
"St. Ronan's Well" by Sir Walter Scott
She must have gone indoors, they concluded, and Esther began to feel very compunctious for having left her alone so long.
"The Carroll Girls" by Mabel Quiller-Couch
Then I thought of the Manhattan, towards whom I have guilty and compunctious feelings.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
She felt compunctious, even inclined to act on the other's warning and advice.
"The White Hand and the Black" by Bertram Mitford
At length a compunctious vision shoots across the mind of the truant composer.
"Great Musical Composers" by George T. Ferris
Northerners, particularly Yankees, are at first a little compunctious on the subject of holding slaves.
"The South-West" by Jonathon Holt Ingraham
Satan's bad actions are followed by compunctious visitings; Mephistopheles never repents.
"The Three Devils: Luther's, Milton's, and Goethe's" by David Masson
Pray allow no compunctious qualms to disturb the peace of your Methodist conscience.
"A Speckled Bird" by Augusta J. Evans Wilson
But, amidst my present 'compunctious visitings,' I thought of atoning for my former rebellions by one heroic act of submission.
"Discipline" by Mary Brunton
The wife felt compunctious visitings, and so the husband might say his say without loss of dignity.
"The Maid of Honour (Vol. 3 of 3)" by Lewis Wingfield
COMPUNCTIOUS VISITING OF MONKS.
"Curiosities of Christian History" by Croake James
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In poetry:

Do no "compunctious visitings" e'er reach you?
Nor sense of duty? Gospel precepts teach you
That not to where the tide of carnage rolls
Your hand should point—yours is the charge of souls.
"North America and Her War Parsons" by Janet Hamilton