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examen

[ig-zey-muh n] /ɪgˈzeɪ mən/
noun, Ecclesiastical
1.
an examination, as of conscience.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; < Latin exāmen swarm of bees, device for weighing, balance < *exag-s-men, equivalent to *exag- base of exigere to drive out, inquire into, examine (see exact) + -s-men resultative noun suffix; cf. contaminate
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examen

/ɪɡˈzeɪmɛn/
noun
1.
(RC Church) an examination of conscience, usually made daily by Jesuits and others
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: tongue of a balance, from exigere to thrust out, from agere to thrust
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