Merriam Webster's were day June third. Today's Word is compunction spelled C. O. M.. P. U. N. C. T. I.. O. N. compunction is a noun that means anxiety arising from awareness of guilt. It can also mean distress mind over an anticipated action or results, or a twinge of misgiving a scruple. Here's the word used in an editorial from the Chicago Tribune. A big reason why Illinois is population continues to plummet. Is that college age youth feel no compunction at all about heading out of state for college. An old proverb says a guilty conscience needs no accuser, and it's true that the sting of a guilty conscience or a conscience that is provoked by the contemplation of doing something wrong can prick very hard indeed. The sudden guilty pickings of compunction are reflected in the word's etymological history. Compunction comes via the anglo-french compunction and the Middle English word that derived from it from the Latin word, complete array, which means to prick and or to sting. Composed array in turn derives from Poon Garay, meaning to prick, which is the ancestor of some other prickly words in English such as puncture, and even the word point. With your word of the day I'm Peter Sokolski. Visit Merriam Webster Dot com today for definitions, wordplay and trending look ups.