Scrupulosity

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Scrupulosity The quality or state of being scrupulous; doubt; doubtfulness respecting decision or action; caution or tenderness from the fear of doing wrong or offending; nice regard to exactness and propriety; precision. "The first sacrilege is looked on with horror; but when they have made the breach, their scrupulosity soon retires.""Careful, even to scrupulosity , . . . to keep their Sabbath."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scrupulosity Scrupulousness; especially, overscrupulousness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Scrupulosity state of being scrupulous: doubt: niceness: precision
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. scrupulositas,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. scrupule—L. scrupulus, dim. of scrupus, a sharp stone, anxiety.

Usage

In literature:

It's he who is tormenting himself with his infinite scrupulosity.
"The Arrow of Gold" by Joseph Conrad
He saw the humor of these researches, but that did not prevent him from carrying them out with the utmost scrupulosity.
"Night and Day" by Virginia Woolf
What a check, what a restraint, what an awful scrupulosity that will henceforth work in me!
"Bunyan Characters - Third Series The Holy War" by Alexander Whyte
I carry my scrupulosity so far as not to say a word to Senor Ramos about the delicate question of his taking up arms.
"Dona Perfecta" by B. Perez Galdos
Not so M. de Dreux d'Aubray: he had the scrupulosity of a legal dignitary.
"Celebrated Crimes, Complete" by Alexandre Dumas, Pere
But, if we read old French memoirs, we see how many brakes of scrupulosity which tie our tongues to-day were then removed.
"Talks To Teachers On Psychology; And To Students On Some Of Life's Ideals" by William James
That sacrifice of scrupulosity on the altar of expediency, trivial as it was, was the heritage of her past life, she told herself.
"Phantom Wires" by Arthur Stringer
But this confessor's scrupulosity exceeded everything I had, hitherto, encountered.
"The Priest, The Woman And The Confessional" by Father Chiniquy
It was the same old problem which had presented itself to her mind twice already, and the same possible over-scrupulosity was perplexing her now.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
But your scrupulosity need not shiver.
"The Lady of Loyalty House" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
The President invokes the special scrupulosity of the Secretary in the names of these staff officers.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
The occupation admits of no impressionism, and requires uniform scrupulosity.
"Love's Usuries" by Louis Creswicke
They knew of his high sense of honor, of his exactitude, which amounted in their eyes to scrupulosity.
"'As Gold in the Furnace'" by John E. Copus
How many unfortunates have begun by scrupulosity and ended in insanity!
"Light and Peace" by Carlo Giuseppe Quadrupani
They prescribed for him, however, and he followed out their regimen with conscientious scrupulosity.
"William Hickling Prescott" by Harry Thurston Peck
I am the soul of scrupulosity.
"The Gentlemen's Book of Etiquette and Manual of Politeness" by Cecil B. Hartley
To hesitate from scrupulosity of mind.
"An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language" by John Jamieson
He left such scrupulosities to opticians and anatomists.
"The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb" by Charles Lamb
Thence we went to New College, where the chapel was in its ancient garb, notwithstanding the scrupulosity of the times.
"The Diary of John Evelyn (Vol 1 of 2)" by John Evelyn
With him political creed was one thing, and judicial scrupulosity another.
"Makers and Romance of Alabama History" by B. F. Riley
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