Definition of overscrupulous in English:

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Pronunciation: /əʊvəˈskruːpjʊləs/


Excessively scrupulous: life was often too difficult for working-class mothers to be overscrupulous
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  • So we now get stories such as that of an army's nighttime panic when the imagination produces non-existent enemies or a theologically significant animal fable about an overscrupulous ass and a self-serving wolf.
  • But they were blocked by overscrupulous higher-ups who ‘want you to kill the guy, but not the guy next to him,’ as one of his sources in the military put it.
  • Luther always claimed to have been a good, if somewhat overscrupulous monk, and Lortz found no evidence whatever to doubt his claim.



Example sentences
  • Overscrupulousness is born of pride and arrogance rather than true holiness.
  • The actor's Inspector Javert strikes a fine balance between overscrupulousness, fastidiousness, and menace.
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