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SCRUPLE

Unreasonable doubt about the morality of an act done or to be done. Its basis is an erroneous conscience combined with a lack of control of the emotion of fear. (Etym. Latin scrupulus, small, sharp stone, small weight, scruple, from scrupus, rough stone.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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