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  • n. The property of being scrupulous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Scrupulousness; especially, overscrupulousness.


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  • The whole idea of scrupulosity is very foreign to me.

    Women of God

  • I think you have done well in avoiding the topic altogether; but between ourselves, do you really think that the refinement of manner, the censorious, hypocritical, verbal scrupulosity, which is carried so far in this "picked age" of ours, is a true sign of superior refinement of taste, and purity of morals?

    Characteristics of Women Moral, Poetical, and Historical

  • It was the first long autobiographical work to appear in underground comics, and was extremely personal, detailing Green's childhood struggle with a disorder which in Catholicism is referred to as scrupulosity and was later diagnosed as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

    The ADD Blog at Comic Book Galaxy

  • Why should an auctioneer and appraiser thirty years ago, who had as good as forgotten his free-school Latin, be expected to manifest a delicate scrupulosity which is not always exhibited by gentlemen of the learned professions, even in our present advanced stage of morality?

    III. Mr. Riley Gives His Advice Concerning a School for Tom. Book I—Boy and Girl

  • He had nothing in him of the morbid scrupulosity which is such an inhuman feature in French Jansenism and some of the English sects.


  • That is the odd thing about my life: the things I longed intensely to do I would not let myself do, not from any religious or moral scruple, but from some inexplicable fastidiousness or scrupulosity which is yet as active as ever, although I am sure that it would not be able to hold its own could these favorable conditions be repeated, but would be overcome by the imperious and fully grown desires which, by long repression, or by unsatisfactory diversion, have grown to be so strong.

    Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 Sexual Inversion

  • [M] y pamphlet was quite uninfluenced by the teacher, perhaps on this point, indeed, I showed all too great a scrupulosity; from my words one might have thought nobody had ever inquired into the case before, and I was the first to interrogate those who had seen or heard of the mole, the first to correlate the evidence, the first to draw conclusions.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • Like many others, I have often thought, considering his early struggles with guilt and perhaps scrupulosity, and his actions much later, that this was at the core of Luther's rebellion.

    The Scriptural Roots of St. Augustine's Spirituality

  • Now, that's when those wings will really come in handy. p.s. I think you were making a clever joke, but just in case, "Death Star" was the Star Wars battleship (my age and scrupulosity are showing ...) common sense

    Mike Griffin Bids Farewell - NASA Watch

  • "I know that I made some mistakes in the 1970s of hiring my brother and not overseeing him and not investigating with scrupulosity what was going on," Bennison said.

    Charles Bennison, Embattled Episcopal Bishop, Vows To Stay In Office


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