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    misgiving, compunction & qualm

    I listed these 3 words in the order of guiltiness as follows:
    1. misgiving
    2. qualm
    3. compunction
    Is my order correct?
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    Re: misgiving, compunction & qualm

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    I listed these 3 words in the order of guiltiness as follows:
    1. misgiving
    2. qualm
    3. compunction
    Is my order correct?
    Thanks no end.
    Qualm is definitely stronger than misgiving, but compunction is difficult to place. It's a rare word, which perhaps makes it even stronger than qualm. On the other hand, the strict dictionary definition makes it sound like a momentary misgiving, which would make it the weakest of the three.

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