December 7, 2021

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Word of the Day: compunction

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: a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)

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The word compunction has appeared in 14 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on May 1 in “Will New N.C.A.A. Rules Really Keep Agents and Boosters at Bay?” by Billy Witz:

Of course, there can only be so much sunshine when there are restrictions — or guardrails — in place. In professional sports, the money changes hands above the table. In college, it has simply been handed under the table. When athletes reach the N.F.L. and the N.B.A., the hypocrisy of college sports becomes far clearer to many of them.

That is why Odell Beckham Jr., the star N.F.L. receiver, felt no compunction about handing wads of cash to Louisiana State players on the field after his alma mater won the national football championship in January.

Can you correctly use the word compunction in a sentence?

Based on the definition and example provided, write a sentence using today’s Word of the Day and share it as a comment on this article. It is most important that your sentence makes sense and demonstrates that you understand the word’s definition, but we also encourage you to be creative and have fun.

Then, read some of the other sentences students have submitted and use the “Recommend” button to vote for two original sentences that stand out to you.

If you want a better idea of how compunction can be used in a sentence, read these usage examples on Vocabulary.com.

Students ages 13 and older in the United States and the United Kingdom, and 16 and older elsewhere, can comment. All comments are moderated by the Learning Network staff.

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