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Synonyms for compunctious

feeling or expressing regret for one's sins or misdeeds

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Like the play's mysterious Third Murderer, to whom Macbeth refers in his act 3 interview with the hired assassins as "the perfect spy o'th'time" (3.1.129), the dagger of the mind bears compunctious witness to crime(s) committed.
Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here And fill me from the crown to the toe topfull Of direst cruelty; make thick my blood, Stop up th'access and passage to remorse That no compunctious visitings of nature Shake my fell purpose nor keep peace between Th' effect and it.
Polanski cuts her extraordinary bravado in claiming that she would dash out the brains of her nursing baby rather than renege on her promise to proceed with homicide (1.7.56-59), (22) but he does include her prayer to be made infertile as evidenced through a stoppage in menstruation: "make thick my blood, / Stop up th'access and passage to remorse / That no compunctious visitings of nature / Shake my fell purpose" (1.5.41-44).
Make thick my blood, Stop up th'access and passage to remorse, That no compunctious visitings of nature Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between Th'effect and it!
and passage to remorse; / That no compunctious visitings of Nature /
Mother Sawyer is quite unlike a witch figure such as Lady Macbeth, who completely forsakes natural affections, claiming she could dash out the brains of a child she gave suck to and invoking evil spirits to 'unsex' her, block any 'compunctious visitings of nature' that might forestall her intended murder, and 'take [her] milk for gall'.
For the client, the range of responses seems to travel a spectrum with compunctious guilt and suicidal ideation on one end and an almost cavalier, adolescent-like eagerness to "keep the party going" on the other.
Although the theme of the "compunctious poet" was a medieval one, that anything in medieval Andalusian Hebrew poetry was contrary to the spirit of religious Judaism is primarily a modern viewpoint.
She then turns to Duncan's repeated references to "the well" and what Duncan saw as an "autonomous" "well of language." "In fact," she says, "what Bet meant was the well of my unscattered, deepest, strongest, serenest self in contrast to the part of myself that is frantically compunctious and tries to do too much" (683).