To make scruple, to hesitate from conscientious motives; to scruple. Locke.

(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.

Men scruple at the lawfulness of a set form of divine worship.

(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.

2. To excite scruples in; to cause to scruple. [R.]

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

(Scru"pler) n. One who scruples.

(Scru"pu*list) n. A scrupler. [Obs.]

1. One who, or that which, scrubs; esp., a brush used in scrubbing.

2. (Gas Manuf.) A gas washer. See under Gas.

(Scrub"board`) n. A baseboard; a mopboard.

(Scrub"by) a. [Compar. Scrubbier ; superl. Scrubbiest.] Of the nature of scrub; small and mean; stunted in growth; as, a scrubby cur. "Dense, scrubby woods." Duke of Argyll.

(Scrub"stone`) n. A species of calciferous sandstone. [Prov. Eng.]

(Scruff) n. [See Scurf.] Scurf. [Obs.]

(Scruff), n. [Cf. Scuff.] The nape of the neck; the loose outside skin, as of the back of the neck.

(Scrum"mage) n. See Scrimmage.

(Scrump"tious) a. Nice; particular; fastidious; excellent; fine. [Slang]

(Scrunch) v. t. & v. i. [Cf. Scranch, Crunch.] To scranch; to crunch. Dickens.

(Scru"ple) n. [L. scrupulus a small sharp or pointed stone, the twenty-fourth part of an ounce, a scruple, uneasiness, doubt, dim. of scrupus a rough or sharp stone, anxiety, uneasiness; perh. akin to Gr. the chippings of stone, a razor, Skr. kshura: cf. F. scrupule.]

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.

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.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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