- 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.
scrutiny definition by Webster's New World
- close examination; minute inspection
- a careful, continuous watch; surveillance
- a lengthy, searching look
Origin: Late 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
scrutiny definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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.