Tikibu: pronunciation dictionary with use examples

Word: scruple
IPA transcription: [skɹ'upəl]
noun meaning of the word
  • Synonyms: scruple
    Meaning: an ethical or moral principle that inhibits action
  • Synonyms: scruple, qualm, misgiving
    Meaning: uneasiness about the fitness of an action
  • Synonyms: scruple
    Meaning: a unit of apothecary weight equal to 20 grains
verb meaning of the word
  • Synonyms: scruple
    Meaning: have doubts about
  • Synonyms: scruple
    Meaning: raise scruples; "He lied and did not even scruple about it"
  • Synonyms: scruple
    Meaning: hesitate on moral grounds; "The man scrupled to perjure himself"
Usage examples
  • She must scruple at nothing that might bind him.
  • I knew my power over her, and used it (as any man in my place would have used it) without scruple.
  • These vices (for we scruple not to call them such) bring misery unpitied, and contempt on every one addicted to them.
  • "Since the idea had been started in the very quarter which ought to dictate, he had no scruple," he said, "in confessing his judgement to be entirely on that side.
  • I used both their names without scruple; and I wrote my recommendation in terms which the best of living women and the ablest of existing dressmakers could never have hoped to merit.
  • I do not scruple to tell you, that I am unhappy, and that the watch of the last night has not assisted me to discover Ludovico; upon every occurrence of the night you must excuse my reserve.'
  • At first, the experiment was made with caution and scruple; and the venerable pictures were discreetly allowed to instruct the ignorant, to awaken the cold, and to gratify the prejudices of the heathen proselytes.
  • 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.
  • But notwithstanding this near resemblance in a few instances, they are in general so very different, that no-one can make a scruple to rank them under distinct heads, and assign to each a peculiar name to mark the difference [Footnote 1.].
  • They entertain a presumptuous confidence in their strength, and as they do not suppose that they can henceforward ever have occasion to claim the assistance of their fellow-creatures, they do not scruple to show that they care for nobody but themselves.