a unit of apothecary weight equal to 20 grains
scruple, qualm, misgiving(noun)
uneasiness about the fitness of an action
an ethical or moral principle that inhibits action
hesitate on moral grounds
"The man scrupled to perjure himself"
"He lied and did not even scruple about it"
have doubts about
A weight of twenty grains; the third part of a dram.
Hence, a very small quantity; a particle.
Hesitation as to action from the difficulty of determining what is right or expedient; unwillingness, doubt, or hesitation proceeding from motives of conscience; to consider if something is ethical.
He was made miserable by the conflict between his tastes and his scruples. - Thomas Babington Macaulay.
A doubt or uncertainty concerning a matter of fact; intellectual perplexity.
A measurement of time. Hebrew culture broke the hour into 1080 scruples.
To be reluctant or to hesitate, as regards an action, on account of considerations of conscience or expedience.
To regard with suspicion; to hesitate at; to question.
Others long before them ... scrupled more the books of hereties than of gentiles. - John Milton.
To doubt; to question; to hesitate to believe; to question the truth of (a fact, etc.).
I do not scruple to admit that all the Earth seeth but only half of the Moon.
To excite scruples in; to cause to scruple.
Letters which did still scruple many of them. -E. Symmons.
Origin: From scrupulus, diminutive of scrupus; perhaps akin to σκύρος, ξυρόν, क्षुर: compare scrupule.
a weight of twenty grains; the third part of a dram
hence, a very small quantity; a particle
hesitation as to action from the difficulty of determining what is right or expedient; unwillingness, doubt, or hesitation proceeding from motives of conscience
to be reluctant or to hesitate, as regards an action, on account of considerations of conscience or expedience
to regard with suspicion; to hesitate at; to question
to excite scruples in; to cause to scruple
Origin: [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.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
skrōō′pl, n. a small weight—in apothecaries' weight, 20 troy grains, ⅓ drachm, 1⁄24 ounce, and 1⁄288 of a troy pound: a very small quantity: reluctance to decide or act, as from motives of conscience: difficulty.—v.i. to hesitate in deciding or acting.—n. Scru′pler.—adj. Scru′pulous, having scruples, doubts, or objections: conscientious: cautious: exact: captious.—adv. Scru′pulously.—ns. Scru′pulousness, Scrupulos′ity, state of being scrupulous: doubt: niceness: precision. [Fr. scrupule—L. scrupulus, dim. of scrupus, a sharp stone, anxiety.]
The numerical value of scruple in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of scruple in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
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