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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. (clarification of this definition is needed)
  3. (figuratively) Anxiety, uneasiness, solicitude, difficulty, doubt, scruple.


Second-declension noun.

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
  • scrupulus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • scrupulus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, 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)