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SCRU'PLE, n. [L. scrupulus, a doubt; scrupulum, the third part of a dram, from scrupus, a chess-man; probably a piece, a small thing, from scrapping, like scrap.]

1. Doubt; hesitation from the difficulty of determining what is right or expedient; backwardness; reluctance to decide or to act. A man of fashionable honor makes no scruple to take another's life, or expose his own. He has no scruples of conscience, or he despises them.

2. A weight of twenty grains, the third part of a dram; among goldsmiths, the weight of 24 grains.

3. Proverbially, a very small quantity.

4. In Chaldean chronology, the 1/1080 part of an hour; a division of time used by the Jews, Arabs, &c..

Scruple of half duration, an arch of the moon's orbit, which the moon's center describes from the beginning of an eclipse to the middle.

Scruples of immersion or incidence, an arch of the moon's orbit, which her center describes from the beginning of the eclipse to the time when its center falls into the shadow.

Scruples of emersion, an arch of the moon's orbit, which her center describes in the time from the first emersion of the moon's limb to the end of the eclipse.

SCRU'PLE, v.i. To doubt; to hesitate.

He scrupl'd not to eat, against his better knowledge.

SCRU'PLE, v.t. To doubt; to hesitate to believe; to question; as, to scruple the truth or accuracy of an account or calculation.




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SCRU'PLE, n. [L. scrupulus, a doubt; scrupulum, the third part of a dram, from scrupus, a chess-man; probably a piece, a small thing, from scrapping, like scrap.]

1. Doubt; hesitation from the difficulty of determining what is right or expedient; backwardness; reluctance to decide or to act. A man of fashionable honor makes no scruple to take another's life, or expose his own. He has no scruples of conscience, or he despises them.

2. A weight of twenty grains, the third part of a dram; among goldsmiths, the weight of 24 grains.

3. Proverbially, a very small quantity.

4. In Chaldean chronology, the 1/1080 part of an hour; a division of time used by the Jews, Arabs, &c..

Scruple of half duration, an arch of the moon's orbit, which the moon's center describes from the beginning of an eclipse to the middle.

Scruples of immersion or incidence, an arch of the moon's orbit, which her center describes from the beginning of the eclipse to the time when its center falls into the shadow.

Scruples of emersion, an arch of the moon's orbit, which her center describes in the time from the first emersion of the moon's limb to the end of the eclipse.

SCRU'PLE, v.i. To doubt; to hesitate.

He scrupl'd not to eat, against his better knowledge.

SCRU'PLE, v.t. To doubt; to hesitate to believe; to question; as, to scruple the truth or accuracy of an account or calculation.


SCRU'PLE, n. [Fr. scrupule, from L. scrupulus, a doubt; scrupulum, the third part of a dram, from scrupus, a chessman; probably a piece, a small thing, from scraping, like scrap. Scrupulus was primarily a little stone or piece of gravel; and as one of such in a shoe hurts the foot, it is supposed that this, like a short stop or flinching, gave rise to the sense of doubting, which gives pain. Encyc.]

  1. Doubt; hesitation from the difficulty of determining what is right or expedient; backwardness; reluctance to decide or to act. A man of fashionable honor makes no scruple to take another's life, or expose his own. He has no scruples of conscience, or he despises them.
  2. A weight of twenty grains, the third part of a dram.
  3. Proverbially, a very small quantity.
  4. In Chaldean chronology, the 1/1080 part of an hour; a division of time used by the Jews, Arabs, &c. – Encyc. Scruple of half duration, an arch of the moon's orbit, which the moon's center describes from the beginning of an eclipse to the middle. Scruples of immersion or incidence, an arch of the moon's orbit, which her center describes from the beginning of the eclipse to the time when its center falls into the shadow. Scruples of emersion, an arch of the moon's orbit, which her center describes in the time from the first emersion of the moon's limb to the end of the eclipse. Encyc.

SCRU'PLE, v.i.

To doubt; to hesitate. He scrupl'd not to eat, / Against his better knowledge. – Milton.


SCRU'PLE, v.t.

To doubt; to hesitate to believe; to question; as, to scruple the truth or accuracy of an account or calculation.


Scru"ple
  1. A weight of twenty grains; the third part of a dram.
  2. 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. To regard with suspicion] to hesitate at; to question.

    Others long before them . . . scrupled more the books of heretics than of gentiles. Milton.

  4. Hence, a very small quantity; a particle.

    I will not bate thee a scruple. Shak.

  5. To excite scruples in; to cause to scruple.

    [R.]

    Letters which did still scruple many of them. E. Symmons.

  6. 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.

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Scruple

SCRU'PLE, noun [Latin scrupulus, a doubt; scrupulum, the third part of a dram, from scrupus, a chess-man; probably a piece, a small thing, from scrapping, like scrap.]

1. Doubt; hesitation from the difficulty of determining what is right or expedient; backwardness; reluctance to decide or to act. A man of fashionable honor makes no scruple to take another's life, or expose his own. He has no scruples of conscience, or he despises them.

2. A weight of twenty grains, the third part of a dram; among goldsmiths, the weight of 24 grains.

3. Proverbially, a very small quantity.

4. In Chaldean chronology, the 1/1080 part of an hour; a division of time used by the Jews, Arabs, etc..

Scruple of half duration, an arch of the moon's orbit, which the moon's center describes from the beginning of an eclipse to the middle.

Scruples of immersion or incidence, an arch of the moon's orbit, which her center describes from the beginning of the eclipse to the time when its center falls into the shadow.

Scruples of emersion, an arch of the moon's orbit, which her center describes in the time from the first emersion of the moon's limb to the end of the eclipse.

SCRU'PLE, verb intransitive To doubt; to hesitate.

He scrupl'd not to eat, against his better knowledge.

SCRU'PLE, verb transitive To doubt; to hesitate to believe; to question; as, to scruple the truth or accuracy of an account or calculation.

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