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com-pungo (conp- ), nxi, nctum, 3,
I.v. a., to prick or puncture severely, to sting.
II. Trop.
A. In gen.: “(dialectici) ipsi se compungunt suis acuminibus,prick themselves with their own stings, Cic. de Or. 2, 38, 158.—
B. In late Lat. compungi, to be goaded by the stings of conscience, to feel remorse, Lact. 4, 18, 14; Sulp. Sev. Dial. 3, 13; cf. compunctio.
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