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scrūpŭlōsus , a, um, adj. scrupulus.
I. Lit., full of small sharp or pointed stones, rough, rugged, jagged (rare but class.): specus, Pac. ap. Prisc. p. 713 P.: tamquam e scrupulosis cotibus enavigavit oratio, * Cic. Tusc. 4, 14, 33: “ruminatio corticis,Plin. 15, 23, 25, § 94: “saltibus degressi scrupulosis et inviis,Amm. 19, 13, 1: “vulnera aurium,for wearing jewelled drops, Tert. Cult. Fem. 10, 2.—
II. Trop. (only post-Aug.), very nice, exact, precise, anxious, careful, scrupulous: “disputatio,Quint. 9, 1, 7: “inquisitio,Front. Aquaed. 64; Plin. Ep. 3, 5, 7: “scrupulosa quaedam et anxia in his commentariis, Gell. praef. § 13: locus,Aus. Grat. Act. 24: “cura,Val. Max. 1, 1, 8: “lector,App. M. 9, p. 230, 37: “scrupulosus in deferendis potestatibus celsis,Amm. 30, 9, 3. —Comp.: “fides quorundam,Tert. Spect. 3: “ratio ventorum,Plin. 18, 32, 75, § 325.—Sup.: “cultus deorum,App. de Deo Socr. p. 43, 2.— Hence, adv.: scrūpŭlōsē (acc. to II.), carefully, accurately, diligently, scrupulously: “scrupulose in partes sectā divisionis diligentiā,Quint. 4, 5, 6.—Comp.: “minutius et scrupulosius scrutantur omnia,Quint. 5, 14, 28: scrupulosius tractabo ventos, Plin. 2, 46, 45, § 118.—Sup.: requirant corporis gesticulatorem, Col. praef. § 3.
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