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compunction (noun) (used always in the negative) a feeling of guilt.

When you feel that what you have done is wrong or a sin, you feel compunction. When you act without compunction, you don't feel bad about the wrong thing you have done, or you are doing. When you lie without compunction, you do not feel that you are doing something bad. 'He is a fraud by career. He does not feel any compunction when he cheats others.' This means, he never has the uneasy feeling of having done something bad, when he cheats. He is never uncomfortable about it.

  • Judith felt no compunction about leaving her bedridden husband to himself and going away to live with her former boyfriend. It is shocking that she was never troubled by any feeling of wrongdoing.
  • Without the least compunction, he drank and gambled, squandering lots of money, and exposing his wife and children to misery and utter poverty. Their sad plight never caused in him any sense of guilt.
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