Vocabulary Building: “SCRUPULOUS” – Meaning and Usage

In today’s video we’ll continue to expand our vocabulary and learn a new English word – “scrupulous.”

The root of the word – “scrupul” – comes from Latin “scrupulus,” which means “uneasiness” or “anxiety.”

And suffix “-ous” in English helps form an adjective and means “he who” or “that which.”

And so, the literal meaning of “scrupulous” is “he who is uneasy or anxious.”

To be scrupulous means to be extremely diligent and thorough; to be concerned about making a mistake.

Here is an example of how to use the word in a sentence:

“The professor was very scrupulous in grading papers.”



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