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SCRUPLE

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Originally appearing in Volume V24, Page 487 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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SCRUPLE, a term used in the two senses of (1) perplexity, doubt, reluctance or hesitation, especially the moral doubt arising from the difficulties of conscience; (2) a unit of weight, - part of the ounce in apothecaries' weight, of a dram, 20 grains (5.295 grammes). The word is an adaptation of Fr. scrupule, Lat. scrupulus, scrupulum, primarily a small sharp stone, also used in both the English meanings, dim. of scrupits, a rough stone, figuratively uneasiness of mind, probably to be connected with the root skar, to cut, cf. Gr. o &pop, stonechippings, ?-vpbv, a razor.
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