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scruples
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
ethical or moral principles that discourage certain kinds of action
  • Notions and scruples were like spilt needles, making one afraid of treading, or sitting down, or even eating.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (12% in)
  • "Perhaps he has conscientious scruples founded on his own unfitness," said Dorothea, who was interesting herself in finding a favorable explanation.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (66% in)
  • And Mr. Casaubon had many scruples: he was capable of a severe self-restraint; he was resolute in being a man of honor according to the code; he would be unimpeachable by any recognized opinion.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (57% in)
  • Having the scruples of rectitude in our souls, we are above the meanness of injuring him—rather we meet all his claims on us by active benefits; and the drawing of cheques for him, being a superiority which he must recognize, gives our bitterness a milder infusion.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (35% in)
  • She felt almost guilty in asking for knowledge about him from another, but the dread of being without it—the dread of that ignorance which would make her unjust or hard—overcame every scruple.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (1% in)
  • I think it would be rather ridiculous in me to urge scruples of that sort, as if I were a judge," said Fred, quite simply.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (81% in)

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