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scruple

noun [C or U] uk   us   /ˈskruː.pl̩/
a feeling that prevents you from doing something that you think is morally wrong or makes you uncertain about doing it: Robin Hood had no scruples about robbing the rich to give to the poor. He is a man without scruple - he has no conscience.

scruple

verb uk   us   /ˈskruː.pl̩/ formal
not scruple to do sth to not care that something you do is morally wrong or likely to have bad results: He wouldn't scruple to cheat his own mother if there was money in it for him.
Translations of “scruple”
in Chinese (Traditional) 顧忌, 顧慮…
in Russian угрызения совести…
in Turkish vicdan azabı, iç sızlaması, suçluluk duygusu…
in Chinese (Simplified) 顾忌, 顾虑…
in Polish skrupuły…
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