scruple (c.1240)

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scruple (c.1240)


[ FEW: 11,343b scrupulus; Gdf: ; GdfC: 10,642c scrupule 1 /10,642c scrupule 2; TL: 9,276 scrupel /9,277 scrupule; DEAF:  scrupel; DMF:  scrupule 1 / scrupule 2; TLF:  scrupule 1 / scrupule 2; OED:  scriple n. / scruple n.1 / scruple n.2; MED:  scrupul n.; DMLBS: 2984c scrupulus ]
Lat. scrupulum,  scrupulus  


1 weight unit scruple, small unit of weight (usually equivalent to one twenty-fourth of an ounce)
( c.1240; MS: s.xiii3/4 )  [P]ernez [...] de sanc de dragunt e de mumie uelement scruples dous  i 49.xv
( s.xiv2; MS: s.xiv2 )  Scrupulus peisit .iij. quadrantz  ii 214
2 moral stumbling block, thought or circumstance that causes misgiving or anxiety
( 1306 )  Il y a en lour afere ascon scruble  33-35 Ed I 359
( 1376 )  [...] par seint consideration et pure charité, sanz scruple de covetyse ou de symonie  ii 337
3 moral uncertainty, misgiving or anxiety
( 1369 )  Toutes les queles choses nous vous signifions en verité, au fyn que, par tant entrelessant chescune manere de scruple de conscience, vous soiez excitez, afforcez, et encoragez a demoerer toutdis noz vrays et loialx subgietz  iii 884
escruple  scrupulus#1 
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