Scrutiny is a careful watch or close examination.(noun)
An example of scrutiny is a father asking a ton of questions to the date his daughter brought home.
See scrutiny in Webster's New World College Dictionary
noun pl. scrutinies
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
See scrutiny in American Heritage Dictionary 4
noun pl. scru·ti·nies
Origin: Middle English scrutinie, taking of a formal vote
Origin: , from Latin scrūtinium, inquiry, search
Origin: , from scrūtārī, to search, examine
Origin: , from scrūta, trash.
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