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Having or showing no regard for what is right or honorable; devoid of scruples.

un·scru′pu·lous·ly adv.
un·scru′pu·lous·ness n.
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hit below the belt To use unfair means; to go against the rules. The Marquis of Queensberry rules of prize fighting, adopted in 1867, prohibit boxers from hitting their opponents below the waist belt. A derivative, commonly used term is low blow.

low blow An unfair or unscrupulous attack, a cheap shot. This term probably derives from hit below the belt; in prize fighting, a violation of the Marquis of Queensberry rules. The word is almost always used figuratively, meaning to take unfair advantage, to strike where one is most vulnerable, to hit someone when he is down.

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.unscrupulousness - the quality of unscrupulous dishonesty
dishonesty - the quality of being dishonest
scrupulousness - conformity to high standards of ethics or excellence
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[ʌnˈskruːpjʊləsnɪs] Nfalta f de escrúpulos
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[ʌnˈskruːpjʊləsnɪs] nmancanza di scrupoli
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The blunt savagery of Trent, his apparently heartless treatment of his weaker partner, and his avowed unscrupulousness, offended the newcomer much in the same manner as in many ways he himself was obnoxious to Trent.
Of course, Winnie was independent, and need not care for the opinion of people that she would never see and who would never see her; whereas poor Stevie had nothing in the world he could call his own except his mother's heroism and unscrupulousness.
This was the more subtle sanction of Mrs Verloc's mother's heroism and unscrupulousness. Her act of abandonment was really an arrangement for settling her son permanently in life.
No lower estimate could have vindicated the indefatigable zeal with which she scratched, and her unscrupulousness in digging up the choicest flower or vegetable, for the sake of the fat earthworm at its root.
There is a certain amount of what I would politely call unscrupulousness in all of us.
Strongest in that student community, she had used her power with good-nature enough to win the popularity of a school leader, and occasionally with unscrupulousness enough to secure the privileges of a school bully.
With the collective Nepali mind weighed down by far more intricate political convolutions at virtually every turn, the RPP's linguistic legerdemain could only be comprehended as a guise for political unscrupulousness.
The phenomenon has carried with it a perhaps-not-entirely deserved subtext of unscrupulousness. (35) Whether you believe the practice should be welcomed or condemned, there is little doubt that the 11th Circuit's apparent embrace of the practical ability standard (36) may have an impact on litigants who have a choice of venue purposefully bringing actions in district courts subject to 11th Circuit jurisdiction to obtain broader ESI discovery from multinationals, including discovery of ESI outside the U.S.
[I hope Senator Lacson who in the Senate is involved, because it's spreading, this unscrupulousness is widening its influence.
With the corruption in high places way beyond redemption, 'zero-tolerance' to the malaise is too mild a euphemism employed by the present government to show its abhorrence for the unscrupulousness that has permeated every aspect of life in the country today.
She closely followed events such as Orsini's failed attempt to assassinate Napoleon III, commented on the unscrupulousness of Mazzini ("He has lost us liberty"; p.
It borders on dishonesty, dishonest dealings, unscrupulousness, deceit, deception, duplicity, double dealings, lawbreaking, criminality, bribery, extortion and profiteering among other negativities.