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Definition ethical or moral principles that discourage certain kinds of action

Much more rarely, scruple can be used as a verb meaning "hesitate on moral grounds" as in "He lied and did not even scruple about it."

Even more rarely and archaically, at one time a scruple was a measure of weight equal to 20 grains (about 1.3 grams).
  • She doesn't share my scruples on the subject.
scruples = moral principles
  • Her scruples were not so strong as to withstand her friend's arguments.
  • scruples = moral principles
  • She convinced herself that her scruples about the means were not as important as achieving the goal.
  • scruples = moral principles
  • But I think I can show you that your scruples are quite ill founded.
    Richard Connell  --  The Most Dangerous Game
  • scruples = ethical or moral principles
  • I have scruples touching the matter thou wot'st of.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • scruples = moral principles that discourage certain kinds of action
  • 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
  • scruple = an ethical or moral principle that discourages certain kinds of action
  • "It's too late for any scruples or any principles," said Ferris.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Oh, I had a few scruples.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • If a magician full of ambition but lacking scruples got hold of it, he or she could wreak an incredible amount of havoc.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • Scruples go unrewarded if I die.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • 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
  • Charlie, who had no such scruples, looked impatiently at Dick's working face.
    Doris Lessing  --  The Grass is Singing
  • So do I, but I respect his scruples.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • DUDARD: I feel certain scruples!
    Eugene Ionesco  --  Rhinoceros
  • Now you had better go; for if you stay longer, you will perhaps irritate me afresh by some mistrustful scruple.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • "I see," he said; "you have scruples."
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • But my various religious and ancestral scruples forbade my accepting it as a gift.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • 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
  • A eunuch has no honor, and a spider does not enjoy the luxury of scruples, my lord.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • 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

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