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Remorse

See also Regret.
Ayenbite of Inwit (Remorse of Conscience)
Middle English version of medieval moral treatise, c. 1340. [Br. Lit.: Barnhart, 74]
Deianira
commits suicide out of remorse for unwittingly having killed husband, Hercules. [Gk. Myth.: Benét, 709]
Hermione
commits suicide upon the funeral pyre of her beloved Pyrrhus for having instigated his murder. [Fr. Drama: Racine Andromaque]
Jocasta
commits suicide when she realizes she has married son, Oedipus. [Gk. Lit.: Oedipus Rex]
Lord Jim
tormented by his memory of having saved himself from a sinking ship with 800 Muslims aboard. [Br. Lit.: Joseph Conrad Lord Jim in Magill I, 522]
Manfred
magician, living alone in an Alpine castle, broods on his alienation from mankind and on his destruction of the woman he loved. [Br. Poetry: Byron “Manfred”]
Mannon, Orin
crazed by guilt for inciting mother’s suicide. [Am. Lit.: Mourning Becomes Electra]
Oedipus
blinds self upon learning of his crimes. [Gk. Lit.: Oedipus Rex]
Othello
commits suicide from guilt for wife’s murder. [Br. Lit.: Othello]
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There seem to be a lot of words for feelings of guilt, such as qualm, compunction and scruple.
I have no compunction about calling the police if people try it on."
This is a collection that metes out unfiltered bits of hard reality without compunction.
His topics are art and compunction: Francesco Bocchi's mystical experience of art; Leon Battista Alberti's "De pictura" and the Christian tradition of the liberal arts; the works of God and the book of the world in the writings of Leonardo da Vinci; imaging the souls of holy people; invention and amplification: imagining sacred history; and Vasari's city of God: spirituality, art, and architecture in Vasari's "Lives" and "Ragionamenti." ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)
Those who rule -- whether presidents or prime ministers, members of Congress or members of Parliament -- may pay lip service to freedom of speech and the press, but when those freedoms are turned against them, they can have little compunction about abusing their power in an effort to keep tabs on the watchdogs or even silence them, if necessary.
Obviously if cuts have to be imposed the staff costs are the major item and they had no compunction about targeting nursing staff.
Mr Martin, Fife RECORD columnist Joan McAlpine seems to have no compunction about stereotyping the Tory "babes".
Most of our celebrities have no compunction promoting the wrong message.
Those who RACK up so many points are either potentially dangerous drivers or those who have no compunction in ignoring our traffic laws.
AS THE city council seems to have no shame in presenting a couple of lawns and paths as a vibrant "Green Space", Red Button has no compunction in reheating an idea which, probably like the council's sketch, took several minutes to complete.
The rhetoric of the Tampa and Charlotte party convention spectacles demonstrated that collectivists of the right and left have no such compunction and are eager to run our lives for us.
He has no compunction knocking over a kid in a wheelchair.