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scruple

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2 a very small piece
  • left just a scruple of asparagus on the plate

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scruple

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an uneasy feeling about the rightness of what one is doing or going to do
  • the survey showed that many students had few scruples about cheating on papers or exams

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scruple

verb

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to show uncertainty about the right course of action
  • a tabloid journalist who has never scrupled to reveal the most intimate details about the lives of celebrities

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Noun (1)

qualm, scruple, compunction, demur mean a misgiving about what one is doing or going to do. qualm implies an uneasy fear that one is not following one's conscience or better judgment. no qualms about plagiarizing scruple implies doubt of the rightness of an act on grounds of principle. no scruples against buying stolen goods compunction implies a spontaneous feeling of responsibility or compassion for a potential victim. had compunctions about lying demur implies hesitation caused by objection to an outside suggestion or influence. accepted her decision without demur

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qualm, scruple, compunction, demur mean a misgiving about what one is doing or going to do. qualm implies an uneasy fear that one is not following one's conscience or better judgment. no qualms about plagiarizing scruple implies doubt of the rightness of an act on grounds of principle. no scruples against buying stolen goods compunction implies a spontaneous feeling of responsibility or compassion for a potential victim. had compunctions about lying demur implies hesitation caused by objection to an outside suggestion or influence. accepted her decision without demur

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The first known use of scruple was in the 14th century

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“Scruple.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/scruple. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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