1. characterized by extreme care and great effort

    Synonyms : conscientious, painstaking
    Examples :
    • scrupulous attention to details
  2. having scruples; arising from a sense of right and wrong; principled

    Antonyms : unscrupulous
    Examples :
    • less scrupulous producers sent bundles that were deceptive in appearance


  1. someone who is punished for the errors of others

    Synonyms : whipping boy
    Type Of : victim


  1. a thin flake of dead epidermis shed from the surface of the skin

    Synonyms : exfoliation, scurf
    Type Of : flake, fleck, scrap, chip, bit
  2. remove the scales from

    Synonyms : descale
    Type Of : withdraw, remove, take, take away
    Examples :
    • scale fish
  3. (music) a series of notes differing in pitch according to a specific scheme (usually within an octave)

    Synonyms : musical scale
    Type Of : musical notation
  4. a measuring instrument for weighing; shows amount of mass

    Synonyms : weighing machine
    Type Of : measuring system, measuring device, measuring instrument
  5. reach the highest point of

    Synonyms : surmount
    Type Of : attain, gain, hit, make, reach, arrive at
    Examples :
    • We scaled the Mont Blanc
  6. a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)

    Synonyms : plate, shell
    Type Of : shield
  7. an ordered reference standard

    Synonyms : graduated table, ordered series, scale of measurement
    Type Of : touchstone, criterion, measure, standard
    Examples :
    • judging on a scale of 1 to 10
  8. a specialized leaf or bract that protects a bud or catkin

    Synonyms : scale leaf
    Type Of : foliage, leaf, leafage
  9. a flattened rigid plate forming part of the body covering of many animals

    Type Of : natural covering, covering, cover
  10. an indicator having a graduated sequence of marks

    Type Of : indicator
  11. climb up by means of a ladder

    Type Of : climb up, climb, go up, mount
  12. measure by or as if by a scale

    Type Of : measure
    Examples :
    • This bike scales only 25 pounds
  13. measure with or as if with scales

    Type Of : measure, quantify
    Examples :
    • scale the gold
  14. pattern, make, regulate, set, measure, or estimate according to some rate or standard

    Type Of : pattern, model
  15. relative magnitude

    Type Of : magnitude relation, quantitative relation
    Examples :
    • they entertained on a grand scale
  16. size or measure according to a scale

    Type Of : size
    Examples :
    • This model must be scaled down
  17. take by attacking with scaling ladders

    Type Of : take
    Examples :
    • The troops scaled the walls of the fort
  18. the ratio between the size of something and a representation of it

    Type Of : proportion
    Examples :
    • the scale of the map
    • the scale of the model


  1. someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field

    Synonyms : initiate, learned person, pundit
    Type Of : bookman, scholar, scholarly person, student


  1. disdainfully or ironically humorous; scornful and mocking

    Synonyms : snarky
    Examples :
    • his rebellion is the bitter, sardonic laughter of all great satirists


  1. confidently optimistic and cheerful

    Synonyms : sanguineous
  2. inclined to a healthy reddish color often associated with outdoor life

    Synonyms : florid, rubicund, ruddy
    Examples :
    • a fresh and sanguine complexion
  3. a blood-red color

    Type Of : red, redness


  1. marked by eagerness to resort to violence and bloodshed

    Synonyms : bloodthirsty, bloody-minded
    Examples :
    • went after the collaborators with a sanguinary fury that drenched the land with blood
  2. accompanied by bloodshed

    Synonyms : butcherly, gory, sanguineous, slaughterous
    Examples :
    • this bitter and sanguinary war


  1. official permission or approval

    Synonyms : authorisation, authority, authorization
    Type Of : permission
  2. give sanction to

    Synonyms : approve, o.k., okay
    Type Of : authorize, clear, pass, authorise
  3. formal and explicit approval

    Synonyms : countenance, endorsement, imprimatur, indorsement, warrant
    Type Of : commendation, approval
  4. a mechanism of social control for enforcing a society's standards

    Type Of : social control
  5. give authority or permission to

    Type Of : authorise, authorize, empower
  6. give religious sanction to, such as through on oath

    Type Of : approve, o.k., okay
  7. the act of final authorization

    Type Of : empowerment, authorization, authorisation
    Examples :
    • it had the sanction of the church


  1. excessively or hypocritically pious

    Synonyms : holier-than-thou, pharisaic, pharisaical, pietistic, pietistical, self-righteous
    Examples :
    • a sickening sanctimonious smile


  1. tending to promote physical well-being; beneficial to health

    Synonyms : good
    Examples :
    • the salutary influence of pure air