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scru·ple

 (skro͞o′pəl)
n.
1. An uneasy feeling arising from conscience or principle that tends to hinder action: "He would have taken any life with as little scruple as he took my money" (Charles Dickens).
2. A unit of apothecary weight equal to about 1.3 grams, or 20 grains.
3. A minute part or amount.
intr.v. scru·pled, scru·pling, scru·ples
To hesitate as a result of conscience or principle: "A man who could make so vile a pun would not scruple to pick a pocket" (John Dennis).

[Middle English scrupul, from Old French scrupule, from Latin scrūpulus, small unit of measurement, scruple, diminutive of scrūpus, rough stone, scruple.]

scruple

(ˈskruːpəl)
n
1. (often plural) a doubt or hesitation as to what is morally right in a certain situation
2. archaic a very small amount
3. (Units) a unit of weight equal to 20 grains (1.296 grams)
4. (Units) an ancient Roman unit of weight equivalent to approximately one twenty-fourth of an ounce
vb
(obsolete when tr) to have doubts (about), esp for a moral reason
[C16: from Latin scrūpulus a small weight, from scrūpus rough stone]
ˈscrupleless adj

scru•ple

(ˈskru pəl)

n., v. -pled, -pling. n.
1. a moral or ethical consideration that restrains one's behavior and inhibits certain actions.
2. a very small amount.
3. a unit of apothecaries' weight equal to 20 grains (1.295 grams) or ? of a dram.
v.i.
4. to hesitate because of scruples; waver.
[1525–30; (< Middle French scrupule) < Latin scrūpulus unit of weight, worry, derivative of scrūpus rough pebble]

scruple


Past participle: scrupled
Gerund: scrupling

Imperative
scruple
scruple
Present
I scruple
you scruple
he/she/it scruples
we scruple
you scruple
they scruple
Preterite
I scrupled
you scrupled
he/she/it scrupled
we scrupled
you scrupled
they scrupled
Present Continuous
I am scrupling
you are scrupling
he/she/it is scrupling
we are scrupling
you are scrupling
they are scrupling
Present Perfect
I have scrupled
you have scrupled
he/she/it has scrupled
we have scrupled
you have scrupled
they have scrupled
Past Continuous
I was scrupling
you were scrupling
he/she/it was scrupling
we were scrupling
you were scrupling
they were scrupling
Past Perfect
I had scrupled
you had scrupled
he/she/it had scrupled
we had scrupled
you had scrupled
they had scrupled
Future
I will scruple
you will scruple
he/she/it will scruple
we will scruple
you will scruple
they will scruple
Future Perfect
I will have scrupled
you will have scrupled
he/she/it will have scrupled
we will have scrupled
you will have scrupled
they will have scrupled
Future Continuous
I will be scrupling
you will be scrupling
he/she/it will be scrupling
we will be scrupling
you will be scrupling
they will be scrupling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been scrupling
you have been scrupling
he/she/it has been scrupling
we have been scrupling
you have been scrupling
they have been scrupling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been scrupling
you will have been scrupling
he/she/it will have been scrupling
we will have been scrupling
you will have been scrupling
they will have been scrupling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been scrupling
you had been scrupling
he/she/it had been scrupling
we had been scrupling
you had been scrupling
they had been scrupling
Conditional
I would scruple
you would scruple
he/she/it would scruple
we would scruple
you would scruple
they would scruple
Past Conditional
I would have scrupled
you would have scrupled
he/she/it would have scrupled
we would have scrupled
you would have scrupled
they would have scrupled

scruple

A unit of mass in the apothecaries’ system equal to 20 grains.

Scruple

A unit of weight. There are three scruples to a dram and eight drams to an ounce.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scruple - a unit of apothecary weight equal to 20 grains
apothecaries' unit, apothecaries' weight - any weight unit used in pharmacy; an ounce is equal to 480 grains and a pound is equal to 12 ounces
grain - 1/60 dram; equals an avoirdupois grain or 64.799 milligrams
drachm, drachma, dram - a unit of apothecary weight equal to an eighth of an ounce or to 60 grains
2.scruple - uneasiness about the fitness of an actionscruple - uneasiness about the fitness of an action
anxiety - a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune
3.scruple - an ethical or moral principle that inhibits action
principle - a rule or standard especially of good behavior; "a man of principle"; "he will not violate his principles"
Verb1.scruple - hesitate on moral grounds; "The man scrupled to perjure himself"
pause, hesitate - interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing; "The speaker paused"
2.scruple - raise scruples; "He lied and did not even scruple about it"
fret, fuss, niggle - worry unnecessarily or excessively; "don't fuss too much over the grandchildren--they are quite big now"
3.scruple - have doubts about
wonder, question - place in doubt or express doubtful speculation; "I wonder whether this was the right thing to do"; "she wondered whether it would snow tonight"

scruple

scruple

noun
1. A feeling of uncertainty about the fitness or correctness of an action:
Translations

scruple

[ˈskruːpl]
A. Nescrúpulo m
a person of no scruplesuna persona sin escrúpulos
he is entirely without scruplesno tiene conciencia
to have no scruples aboutno tener escrúpulos acerca de ...
to make no scruple to do sthno tener escrúpulos para hacer algo
B. VI (frm) not to scruple to do sthno vacilar en hacer algo

scruple

[ˈskruːpəl] nscrupule m
to overcome one's scruples → faire taire ses scrupules
He overcame his scruples → Il a fait taire ses scrupules.
to have no scruples about doing sth → n'avoir aucun scrupule à faire qch

scruple

nSkrupel m; scruples (= doubts)(moralische) Bedenken pl; to be without scruplekeine Skrupel haben; to have no scruples about somethingbei einer Sache keine Skrupel haben; to have no scruples about doing somethingkeine Skrupel haben, etw zu tun
vi I did not scruple to accept his offerich hatte keine Skrupel or Bedenken, sein Angebot anzunehmen

scruple

[ˈskruːpl] nscrupolo
to have no scruples about doing sth → non avere scrupoli a fare qc

scru·ple

n. escrúpulo.
References in classic literature ?
They transgressed without fear or scruple, the rules of behaviour that were binding on all others: smoking tobacco under the beadle's very nose, although each whiff would have cost a townsman a shilling; and quaffing at their pleasure, draughts of wine or aqua-vitae from pocket flasks, which they freely tendered to the gaping crowd around them.
When he first bought her, she was, as she said, a woman delicately bred; and then he crushed her, without scruple, beneath the foot of his brutality.
Your sister need not have any scruple even of visiting HER, which, to say the truth, has been a little the case, and very naturally; for we only knew that Mrs.
I charged them to conceal from you, before I ever saw you, all knowledge of the curse of the place; merely because I feared Adele never would have a governess to stay if she knew with what inmate she was housed, and my plans would not permit me to remove the maniac elsewhere--though I possess an old house, Ferndean Manor, even more retired and hidden than this, where I could have lodged her safely enough, had not a scruple about the unhealthiness of the situation, in the heart of a wood, made my conscience recoil from the arrangement.
He was a plain rough man; and he made no scruple to speak his doubts of her surviving this second attack; unless she were more submissive to his directions than she had shown herself before.
For your sake, and for Norah's, I am going to let you know what the scruple really is which has misled her into the pride and folly of refusing you.
But, however that may be," resumed the nephew, glancing at him with deep distrust, "I know that your diplomacy would stop me by any means, and would know no scruple as to means.
I have no scruple in saying, in the presence of our friends here, that I am a man who has, for some years, contended against the pressure of pecuniary difficulties.
is the perpetually recurring thought; and there are no voices calling her away from that soliloquy, no peremptory demands to divert energy from vain regret or superfluous scruple.
But although no man with less scruple made his ordinary habits and feelings bend to his interest, it was the misfortune of this Prince, that his levity and petulance were perpetually breaking out, and undoing all that had been gained by his previous dissimulation.
Neither did they at all scruple, while I was by, to discharge what they had drank, to the quantity of at least two hogsheads, in a vessel that held above three tuns.
He has made no scruple of preferring the testimony of Father du Bernat to the writings of all the Portuguese Jesuits, to whom he allows great zeal, but little learning, without giving any other reason than that his favourite was a Frenchman.