verb (used without object), scru·pled, scru·pling.
verb (used with object), scru·pled, scru·pling.
Origin of scruple
Examples from the Web for scruple
So she did avail herself of his zeal,—and that without any scruple.Doctor Thorne|Anthony Trollope
We burned foreign cloth without a scruple, and the spirituality of the movement did not receive a shock when we burned them.Freedom Through Disobedience|C. R. (Chittaranjan) Das
Clearly these masses, and such as these, ought to be selected first for what I will not scruple to call interment.On Books and the Housing of Them|William Ewart Gladstone
His mind was made up; there was nothing left of hesitation or scruple.The Mermaid|Lily Dougall
Little Larkins had told all, and his father had no scruple in repeating it, and causing the investigation to be set on foot.The Daisy Chain|Charlotte Yonge
Word Origin for scruple
"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.