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Well, just try to remember how many instances of compunction you have seen.
"No compunction! Surely there are some sacrifices which a son should not allow his parents to make."
Struggles and resolves had transformed themselves into compunction and anxiety.
Thereupon the confessor quitted his penitent with an air full of compunction. He then went out in the same manner he had entered.
But they were generally accompanied by a sense of compunction and self-abasement of which Newland Archer felt no trace.
It faded away in mere surprise, and, next instant, my elderly and reverend friend was causing me some compunction by coloring like a boy.
He beheld her strike her breast with the compunction of a Christian woman.
In his youth he would have slain the witch-doctor without the slightest compunction; but civilization had had its softening effect upon him even as it does upon the nations and races which it touches, though it had not yet gone far enough with Tarzan to render him either cowardly or effeminate.
Not that Rokoff would have felt the slightest compunction in ignoring any promises he might have made the girl, but he disliked the idea of having to sue for favour with one who had so recently assaulted and escaped him.
He ruins a man with as little compunction as one could fancy him, in his younger days, pulling the legs from a fly.
Death seems the only desirable sequel for a career like this; but Death is only a launching into the region of the strange Untried; it is but the first salutation to the possibilities of the immense Remote, the Wild, the Watery, the Unshored; therefore, to the death-longing eyes of such men, who still have left in them some interior compunctions against suicide, does the all-contributed and all-receptive ocean alluringly spread forth his whole plain of unimaginable, taking terrors, and wonderful, new-life adventures; and from the hearts of infinite Pacifics, the thousand mermaids sing to them -- Come hither, broken-hearted; here is another life without the guilt of intermediate death; here are wonders supernatural, without dying for them.
He of course felt no compunctions for proposing a general as a sacrifice.