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scrutiny

[skroot-n-ee] /ˈskrut n i/
noun, plural scrutinies.
1.
a searching examination or investigation; minute inquiry.
2.
surveillance; close and continuous watching or guarding.
3.
a close and searching look.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin scrūtinium the action of searching, of scrutinizing, derivative of scrūtārī to search
Related forms
nonscrutiny, noun, plural nonscrutinies.
rescrutiny, noun, plural rescrutinies.
self-scrutiny, noun
Synonyms
1. See examination.
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Examples for scrutiny
  • Only close scrutiny by investors can provide the kinds of discipline needed to ensure the bank's long-term success.
  • Many cases, when subjected to close scrutiny, prove not to have been remissions at all.
  • At the same time was born the spirit of scrutiny and curiosity.
  • Last, the energy of the puritan scrutiny of motives and searching of conscience develops into a wonderful intuition of character.
  • Yet a closer scrutiny serves to establish a real connection among them.
  • But neither their scrutiny nor their weeping had stirred the recluse.
  • Nonetheless, the state of the region's wetlands has come under intense scrutiny recently.
  • Earlier discoveries had been made, but none of the finds were able to withstand scientific scrutiny.
  • scrutiny of the craft's images later led to the identification of an eleventh inner moon.
  • However, there have also been promising leads in the past that didn't pan out on closer scrutiny.
British Dictionary definitions for scrutiny

scrutiny

/ˈskruːtɪnɪ/
noun (pl) -nies
1.
close or minute examination
2.
a searching look
3.
  1. (in the early Christian Church) a formal testing that catechumens had to undergo before being baptized
  2. a similar examination of candidates for holy orders
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin scrūtinium an investigation, from scrūtārī to search (originally referring to rag-and-bone men), from scrūta rubbish
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Word Origin and History for scrutiny
scrutiny
early 15c., "a vote to choose someone to decide a question," from L.L. scrutinium "a search, inquiry," from L. scrutari "to examine, search" (as through trash), from scruta (pl.) "trash, rags" (see shred). Meaning "close examination" first recorded c.1600.
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