/kəm'pʌŋkʃn; kəm`pʌŋkʃən/ n [U] ~ (about doing sth) (fml 文) (usu in negative sentences 通常用于否定句) feeling of guilt or regret for one's action 内疚; 後悔; 懊悔
*She kept us waiting without the slightest compunction. 她一直让我们等着却毫无歉意.
* If I could find the people responsible, I would have no compunction about telling the police. 我要知道是谁干的就去报警而毫不後悔.
n [U usually in negatives]formal
[Date: 1300-1400; Language: Old French;Origin: componction, from Late Latin, from Latin compungere 'to sting', from com- ( COM-) + pungere ( PUNGENT)]
a feeling that you should not do something because it is bad or wrong
have/feel no compunction about (doing) sth
He had no compunction about interfering in her private affairs.
They used their tanks against the leftists without compunction .
1. She kept us waiting without the slightest compunction. 她一直让我们等著却毫无歉意.