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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: scrupule, from Latin scrupulus 'small sharp stone, cause of mental discomfort', from scrupus 'sharp stone'

scruple

1 noun
     
scru‧ple1 [countable usually plural, uncountable]
a belief about what is right and wrong that prevents you from doing bad things
scruples about doing something
He had no scruples about selling faulty goods to people.
a man with no moral scruples
without scruple
They made thousands of families homeless without scruple.

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