Pronounced: PAV-uh-nine (alt: PAV-uh-nihn), adj
Notes: I didn’t know this word, and I don’t think I’ve run across it
The word compunctious means “feeling remorse or guilt”
Our word came into English in the early 1600s
Background / Comments
Our word comes from the Latin word compungere (to prick hard), comprised of com- (an intensifier) with pungere (to prick).