Scrutiny is a careful watch or close examination.noun
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noun pl. scrutinies
- close examination; minute inspection
- a careful, continuous watch; surveillance
- a lengthy, searching look
Origin: LL scrutinium < L scrutari, to examine carefully, rummage through odds and ends < scruta, trash, prob. altered < Gr grutē, a miscellany, woman's vanity bag: for prob. IE base see crumb
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noun pl. scru·ti·nies
- A close, careful examination or study.
- Close observation; surveillance.
Origin: Middle English scrutinie, taking of a formal vote, from Latin scrūtinium, inquiry, search, from scrūtārī, to search, examine, from scrūta, trash.