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Meaning of SCRUPLE

Pronunciation:  'skroopul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an ethical or moral principle that inhibits action
  2. [n]  uneasiness about the fitness of an action
  3. [n]  a unit of apothecary weight equal to 20 grains
  4. [v]  have doubts about
  5. [v]  hesitate on moral grounds; "The man scrupled to perjure himself"
  6. [v]  raise scruples; "He lied and did not even scruple about it"

SCRUPLE is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: misgiving, qualm
 See Also: anxiety, apothecaries' unit, apothecaries' weight, drachm, drachma, dram, fret, fuss, grain, hesitate, niggle, pause, principle, question, wonder



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Scru"ple\, n. [L. scrupulus a small sharp or pointed
    stone, the twenty-fourth part of an ounce, a scruple,
    uneasiness, doubt, dim. of scrupus a rough or sharp stone,
    anxiety, uneasiness; perh. akin to Gr. ? the chippings of
    stone, ? a razor, Skr. kshura: cf. F. scrupule.]
    1. A weight of twenty grains; the third part of a dram.
    2. Hence, a very small quantity; a particle.
             I will not bate thee a scruple.       --Shak.
    3. Hesitation as to action from the difficulty of determining
       what is right or expedient; unwillingness, doubt, or
       hesitation proceeding from motives of conscience.
             He was made miserable by the conflict between his
             tastes and his scruples.              --Macaulay.
    {To make scruple}, to hesitate from conscientious motives; to
       scruple.                                    --Locke.
  2. \Scru"ple\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Scrupled}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Skrupling}.]
    To be reluctant or to hesitate, as regards an action, on
    account of considerations of conscience or expedience.
          We are often over-precise, scrupling to say or do those
          things which lawfully we may.            --Fuller.
          Men scruple at the lawfulness of a set form of divine
          worship.                                 --South.
  3. \Scru"ple\, v. t.
    1. To regard with suspicion; to hesitate at; to question.
             Others long before them . . . scrupled more the
             books of hereties than of gentiles.   --Milton.
    2. To excite scruples in; to cause to scruple. [R.]
             Letters which did still scruple many of them. --E.