scruple


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a unit of apothecary weight equal to 20 grains

uneasiness about the fitness of an action

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an ethical or moral principle that inhibits action

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hesitate on moral grounds

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raise scruples

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have doubts about

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1500, and perhaps a great deal more, and that the captain said so; and if the captain was asked at any time about me, he made no scruple to affirm it, though he knew not one word of the matter, other than that his wife had told him so; and in this he thought no harm, for he really believed it to be so, because he had it from his wife: so slender a foundation will those fellows build upon, if they do but think there is a fortune in the game.
This was my man; but I was to try him to the bottom, and indeed in that consisted my safety; for if he baulked, I knew I was undone, as surely as he was undone if he took me; and if I did not make some scruple about his fortune, it was the way to lead him to raise some about mine; and first, therefore, I pretended on all occasions to doubt his sincerity, and told him, perhaps he only courted me for my fortune.
The attachment, from which against honour, against feeling, against every better interest he had outwardly torn himself, now, when no longer allowable, governed every thought; and the connection, for the sake of which he had, with little scruple, left her sister to misery, was likely to prove a source of unhappiness to himself of a far more incurable nature.
There seem to be a lot of words for feelings of guilt, such as qualm, compunction and scruple.
On the argument that any statement derogatory of homosexuality, even if articulated as a religious scruple, is an act of discrimination or is hate speech, some local authorities have filed charges against pastors and churches or Christian stores and bridal shops.
28) As a Jesuit theologian explained the matter in 1957, conscience was "an act of intellect" while a scruple resulted from the lack of judgement.
Blumhofer--Aimee Scruple McPherson: Everybody's Sister (Grand Rapids, Mich.
T]he same false teachers do not scruple to do away with the trusting and loving which the woman owes the man.
Ron Gower, Corringham, EssexThe Anorak says: Horatio Bottomley(1860-1933) was an orphan whose adventurism, plausibility and lack of scruple in business matters made him very rich.
It would not seem that we can subordinate discourse to life so easily here, but must search for their unity in an "ethics of inquiry" that seeks to combine spiritual longing and aspiration on the one hand with intellectual scruple and modesty on the other.
Without scruple or guile I adored you, Folie-Mericourt, silent intruder.
Falstaff is totally unapologetic: he revels in his lechery and chicanery, lies without scruple and, when caught in a lie, unabashedly seeks to turn everything to his own advantage.
The Bush administration and congressional GOP leaders applied the Clinton bribe-and-bludgeon formula with a vengeance--and didn't scruple at breaking House rules and employing deception and outright lies to win approval.
In the old days, a small sharp stone was called a scruple.
In the interests of absolute scruple, it should be pointed out that Madonna has often been the subject of Ms.