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Jul 27, 2016
This week’s theme
Words to describe people

This week’s words
equanimous
mumpish
compunctious
vituperative
ingenious

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compunctious

PRONUNCIATION:
(kuhm-PUNGK-shuhs)

MEANING:
adjective: Feeling remorse or guilt.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin compungere (to prick hard), from com- (intensive prefix) + pungere (to prick). Ultimately from the Indo-European root peuk- (to prick), which is also the source of point, puncture, pungent, punctual, poignant, pounce, poniard, impugn, oppugn, and pugnacious. Earliest documented use: 1616.

USAGE:
“Fun often comes in the form of a compunctious husband who can’t come up with what to say on the card accompanying his floral offering of atonement to an angry wife.”
Kelly L. Brooks; Emotional Moments Bloom for Floral Designer; Sarasota Herald Tribune (Florida); Nov 17, 2003.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
In any free society, the conflict between social conformity and individual liberty is permanent, unresolvable, and necessary. -Kathleen Norris, novelist and columnist (27 Jul 1880-1966)

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