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Diminutive from scrūpus (rough or sharp stone; anxiety) +‎ -ulus.



scrūpulus m (genitive scrūpulī); second declension

  1. A small sharp or pointed stone.
  2. The twenty-fourth part of an ounce.
  3. (figuratively) Anxiety, uneasiness, solicitude, difficulty, doubt, scruple.


Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative scrūpulus scrūpulī
genitive scrūpulī scrūpulōrum
dative scrūpulō scrūpulīs
accusative scrūpulum scrūpulōs
ablative scrūpulō scrūpulīs
vocative scrūpule scrūpulī


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  • scrupulus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • scrupulus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “scrupulus”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • scrupulus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to relieve a man of his scruple: scrupulum ex animo alicuius evellere (Rosc. Am. 2. 6)
    • one thing still makes me hesitate: unus mihi restat scrupulus (Ter. Andr. 5. 4. 37) (cf. too religio, sect. XI. 2)