But the Secretary of State overruled this scruple, and the leave was to be given.
Mr Boyle had no scruple; and I am sure this is a stronger case.
Then dissolve Ambergrise and Musk, of each a scruple, in a few ounces of the water, which filtre and put to the rest.
If I can help you in any way, I hope you will not scruple to tell me.
She had gone back to Hill then, but made no scruple of leaving him alone often: and Hill, who had had his lesson, put up with it.
If this should be limited my employers would drop me without a scruple.
My principles were true; my motives were pure: why should I scruple to avow my principles and vindicate my actions?
A man who could make so vile a pun would not scruple to pick a pocket.
And isn't he just a little supersensitive to raise a scruple of that sort?
Neither objector seems to see that the one scruple cancels the other.
"moral misgiving, pang of conscience," late 14c., from Old French scrupule (14c.), from Latin scrupulus "uneasiness, anxiety, pricking of conscience," literally "small sharp stone," diminutive of scrupus "sharp stone or pebble," used figuratively by Cicero for a cause of uneasiness or anxiety, probably from the notion of having a pebble in one's shoe. The word in the more literal Latin sense of "small unit of weight or measurement" is attested in English from late 14c.
"to have or make scruples," 1620s, from scruple (n.). Related: Scrupled; scrupling.
scruple scru·ple (skrōō'pəl)
An uneasy feeling arising from conscience or principle that tends to hinder action.
A unit of apothecary weight that is equal to about 1.3 grams, or 20 grains.
A minute part or amount.