What does "Scruple" mean?


(n.) A weight of twenty grains; the third part of a dram (n.) Hence, a very small quantity; a particle (n.) Hesitation as to action from the difficulty of determining what is right or expedient; unwillingness, doubt, or hesitation proceeding from motives of conscience (v. i.) To be reluctant or to hesitate, as regards an action, on account of considerations of conscience or expedience (v. t.) To excite scruples in; to cause to scruple (v. t.) To regard with suspicion; to hesitate at; to question

Synonyms qualm, misgiving

Example: "The man scrupled to perjure himself" Example: "He lied and did not even scruple about it"

Word Family scruples