- Scrutiny is a careful watch or close examination.
An example of scrutiny is a father asking a ton of questions to the date his daughter brought home.
- close examination; minute inspection
- a careful, continuous watch; surveillance
- a lengthy, searching look
Origin of scrutinyLate Latin scrutinium ; from Classical Latin scrutari, to examine carefully, rummage through odds and ends ; from scruta, trash, probably altered ; from Classical Greek grutē, a miscellany, woman's vanity bag: for probably Indo-European base see crumb
Origin of scrutinyMiddle English scrutinie, taking of a formal vote, from Latin scrūtinium, inquiry, search, from scrūtārī, to search, examine, from scrūta, trash.
- Intense study of someone or something.
- Thorough inspection of a situation or a case.
- An examination of catechumens, in the last week of Lent, who were to receive baptism on Easter Day.
- A ticket, or little paper billet, on which a vote is written.
- An examination by a committee of the votes given at an election, for the purpose of correcting the poll.
(third-person singular simple present scrutinies, present participle scrutinying, simple past and past participle scrutinied)
- (obsolete, rare) To scrutinize.
From Middle English scrutiny, from Medieval Latin scrÅ«tinium (â€œa search, an inquiryâ€), from Vulgar Latin scrÅ«tÄrÄ« (â€œto search or examine thoroughlyâ€), of uncertain origin. Possibly from Late Latin scrÅ«ta (â€œrubbish, broken trashâ€); or of Germanic origin, related to Old English scrÅ«tnung (â€œexamination, investigation, inquiry, searchâ€), from Old English scrÅ«tnian, scrÅ«dnian (â€œto examine carefully, scrutinize, consider, investigateâ€), from Proto-Germanic *skrudÅnÄ…, *skruÃ¾ÅnÄ… (â€œto search, examineâ€), from Proto-Germanic *skrud-, *skruÃ¾- (â€œto cutâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kreut- (â€œto cutâ€). Compare Old High German skrodÅn, scrutÅn, scrutilÅn (â€œto research, exploreâ€), Old High German scrod (â€œa search, scrutinyâ€), Gothic [script?] (andhruskan, â€œto investigate, exploreâ€), Old English scrÄ“adian (â€œto shred, cut up, cut off, peel, pare, pruneâ€). More at shred.