Had it been anybody but Tessie I should not have bothered my head about scruples.
Mengele has neither doubts about his hideous purpose or scruples about his heinous past.
But now when too late, when he heard the sound of his letter falling into the box, a thousand scruples filled his mind.
At last we met, and he told me that he was oppressed by scruples of conscience.
"A sudden development of scruples, under the circumstances," he sneered.
He had, therefore, to overcome some scruples in the royal mind.
I had no scruples about reading the epistle—not the slightest.
But all this did not remove his scruples, which had been tormenting him for months.
He began, with coy hesitancy, to beat his scruples around the bush, which was not a bad lead.
I acquainted him with my scruples and spared nothing to excite his fears.
"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.