scru·ple /ˈskrupəl/ 名詞
Scru·ple, v. t.
1. To regard with suspicion; to hesitate at; to question.
Others long before them . . . scrupled more the books of heretics than of gentiles. --Milton.
2. To excite scruples in; to cause to scruple. [R.]
Letters which did still scruple many of them. --E. Symmons.
Scru·ple, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Scrupled p. pr. & vb. n. Scrupling ] 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.
1. A weight of twenty grains; the third part of a dram.
2. Hence, a very small quantity; a particle.
I will not bate thee a scruple. --Shak.
3. 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.
n 1: a unit of apothecary weight equal to 20 grains
2: uneasiness about the fitness of an action [syn: qualm, misgiving]
3: an ethical or moral principle that inhibits action
v 1: hesitate on moral grounds; "The man scrupled to perjure
2: raise scruples; "He lied and did not even scruple about it"
3: have doubts about