Definición de scruple en inglés:


Saltos de línea: scru¦ple
Pronunciación: /ˈskruːp(ə)l


  • 2 historical A unit of weight equal to 20 grains, used by apothecaries: give, daily, one scruple of sulphate of quinine
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    • Oil of the seed, given from half a scruple to half a dram, in some liquor, or a spoonful of juice in some wine, taken before the fit comes on, and the person is put to bed, cures quotidians and quartans.
  • 2.1 archaic A very small amount of something, especially a quality: in the choice of a second wife, one scruple of prudence is worth a pound of passion
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    • A scruple of conscience; uneasiness of conscience.
    • Well, of course it's a joke, but it contains a scruple of truth.


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  • Hesitate or be reluctant to do something that one thinks may be wrong: she doesn’t scruple to ask her parents for money
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    • Capitalists have never scrupled about redundant production
    • They have not scrupled to damage the shrine in the past, when they put down the 1991 uprising.
    • By one of those generous turns that make Davie unpredictable he nevertheless acknowledges what Thomas finally achieved, not scrupling to call it great poetry.
    hesitate, be reluctant, be loath, have qualms about, have scruples about, have misgivings about, have reservations about, stick at, think twice about, baulk at, demur about/from, mind doing something; recoil from, shrink from, hang back from, shy away from, flinch from, drag one's feet/heels over, waver about, vacillate about
    informal boggle at
    archaic disrelish something


late Middle English: from French scrupule or Latin scrupulus, from scrupus, literally 'rough pebble', (figuratively) 'anxiety'.

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