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She doesn’t share my scruples on the subject.
  ethical or moral principles that discourage certain kinds of action
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scruples scruple scrupled
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  • She doesn’t share my scruples on the subject.
  • Her scruples were not so strong as to withstand her friend’s arguments.
  • convinced herself that her scruples about the means were not as important as achieving the goal
  • For Pluto, however, I still retained sufficient regard to restrain me from maltreating him, as I made no scruple of maltreating the rabbits, the monkey, or even the dog, when by accident, or through affection, they came in my way.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat

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  • But I think I can show you that your scruples are quite ill founded.
    Richard Connell  --  The Most Dangerous Game
  • I have scruples touching the matter thou wot’st of.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • He nodded and I pointed to the nearby apothecary "Go buy me two scruples of nahlrout."
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • It’s just how I would try to keep it, were it mine, and for a moment I allow myself the thought that I’ve bestowed at least this tiny scruple on Sunny, from years of example.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • My only hope is that one who flies down a stair rail as beautifully as you do can overcome his scruples in this matter.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • But my various religious and ancestral scruples forbade my accepting it as a gift.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • Quite beyond ordinary scruples by this time, I shamelessly rifled the olivewood desk, keeping an ear out for returning footsteps.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • "And anyway, Tessa certainly didn’t have any scruples about blow, she used to ask me to get it for her all the time —"
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Why, indeed; he does seem to have had some filial scruples on that head, as you will hear.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • He was shrewd, competent and unscrupulous in the innocent manner of one unable to grasp the conception of a scruple.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Now the Pope’s turn has come and Bonaparte doesn’t scruple to depose the head of the Catholic Church—yet all keep silent!
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • "Is it possible," said he, "that where your liberty is at stake you can allow any such scruple to deter you from obtaining it?"
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Or has my probable advancement to riches and honour, given this scruple birth?’
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • As for his antagonists, they seemed much agitated; not so much by the value of their stake, as because they had some scruples about betting under conditions so difficult to their friend.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • 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.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • D’Artagnan put his forty pistoles into his pocket without any scruple—on the contrary, thanking his Majesty greatly.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • "It’s too late for any scruples or any principles," said Ferris.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Farid had no such scruples.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • Oh, I had a few scruples.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Fears and scruples shake us: In the great hand of God I stand; and thence, Against the undivulg’d pretense I fight Of treasonous malice.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • "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."
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • But then this objection reasonably interposed: _how can I effect this,_ thought I, _without I attack a whole company of them, and kill them all? why should I proceed on such a desperate attempt, which my scruples before had suggested to be unlawful?
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • It was one of those moments when he was exercising without control, but subject to all the scruples of a severe conscience, his redoubtable discretionary power.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Milo had rigid scruples that would not even allow him to borrow a package of pitted dates from the mess hall that day of McWatt’s stolen bedsheet, for the food at the mess hall was all still the property of the government.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • 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.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • At that she had not scrupled.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • And these chaps too had no earthly reason for any kind of scruple.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • When he was enraged by some human effort or flaw, he was able to regard himself as discriminating, fastidious, and full of nice scruples.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • 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.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Though refusing, from conscientious scruples, to bear arms against land invaders, yet himself had illimitably invaded the Atlantic and Pacific; and though a sworn foe to human bloodshed, yet had he in his straight-bodied coat, spilled tuns upon tuns of leviathan gore.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • 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.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • But he had religious scruples, which hindered the execution of such a plan.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • He had suffered some complicated scruples about this kiss: but had decided in the end that it was permissable.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Shed thou no blood; nor cut thou less nor more, But just a pound of flesh: if thou tak’st more, Or less, than a just pound, be it but so much As makes it light or heavy in the substance, Or the division of the twentieth part Of one poor scruple; nay, if the scale do turn But in the estimation of a hair, Thou diest, and all thy goods are confiscate.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • Nay, I’ll come; if I lose a scruple of this sport let me be boiled to death with melancholy.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • He knew, however, that as soon as he put those scruples aside he would break the vicious circle of the war.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • "I can do so little—have I done it all well?" 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.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • We have quite removed from men’s minds what that pestilent fellow Paul used to teach about food and other unessentials—namely, that the human without scruples should always give in to the human with scruples.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • I said she didn’t have that problem herself anymore, since she’d decided to prefer women, and as far as I could see she had no scruples about stealing them or borrowing them when she felt like it.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • And he surely would not scruple, even on that day, to be angry at the Lord.
    James Baldwin  --  Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • I have no such scruples, and I am sure I could put up with every unpleasantness of that kind with very little effort.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • The others resented postponement, but it was just his scruples that charmed me.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • They were completely fearless of wild horses, shooting affrays and the indignation of their neighbors, but they had a wholesome fear of their red-haired mother’s outspoken remarks and the riding crop that she did not scruple to lay across their breeches.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • ’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.’
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • But Peter was obsessed by none of his sister’s scruples.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • Catherine found that John Thorpe had given the message; and Miss Tilney had no scruple in owning herself greatly surprised by it.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
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