Compulsive to Concede

(Com*pul"sive) a. Having power to compel; exercising or applying compulsion.

Religion is . . . inconsistent with all compulsive motives.

(Com*pul"sive*ly), adv. By compulsion; by force.

(Com*pul"so*ri*ly) adv. In a compulsory manner; by force or constraint.

(Com*pul"so*ry) a. [LL. compulsorius.]

1. Having the power of compulsion; constraining.

2. Obligatory; enjoined by authority; necessary; due to compulsion.

This contribution threatening to fall infinitely short of their hopes, they soon made it compulsory.

(Com*punct") a. [LL. compunctus, p. p.] Affected with compunction; conscience-stricken. [Obs.]

(Com*punc"tion) n. [OF. compunction, F. componction, L. compunctio, fr. compungere, compunctum, to prick; com- + pungere to prick, sting. See Pungent.]

1. A pricking; stimulation. [Obs.]

That acid and piercing spirit which, with such activity and compunction, invadeth the brains and nostrils.
Sir T. Browne.

2. A picking of heart; poignant grief proceeding from a sense of guilt or consciousness of causing pain; the sting of conscience.

He acknowledged his disloyalty to the king, with expressions of great compunction.

Syn.Compunction, Remorse, Contrition. Remorse is anguish of soul under a sense of guilt or consciousness of having offended God or brought evil upon one's self or others. Compunction is the pain occasioned by a wounded and awakened conscience. Neither of them implies true contrition, which denotes self-condemnation, humiliation, and repentance. We speak of the gnawings of remorse; of compunction for a specific act of transgression; of deep contrition in view of our past lives. See Regret.

(Com*punc"tion*less), a. Without compunction.

(Com*punc"tious) a. Of the nature of compunction; caused by conscience; attended with, or causing, compunction.

That no compunctious visitings of nature
Shake my fell purpose.

(Com*punc"tious*ly), adv. With compunction.

(Com*punc"tive) a. Sensitive in respect of wrongdoing; conscientious. [Obs.] Jer. Taylor.

(Com`pur*ga"tion) n. [L. compurgatio, fr. compurgare to purify wholly; com- + purgare to make pure. See Purge, v. t.]

1. (Law) The act or practice of justifying or confirming a man's veracity by the oath of others; — called also wager of law. See Purgation; also Wager of law, under Wager.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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