Scrutiny meaning

skro͝otn-ē
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Scrutiny is a careful watch or close examination.

An example of scrutiny is a parent asking a ton of questions about the "study group" you're going to on a Friday night.

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A careful, continuous watch; surveillance.
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An examination of catechumens, in the last week of Lent, who were to receive baptism on Easter Day.
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(obsolete, rare) To scrutinize.
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Close, careful examination or observation.
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A lengthy, searching look.
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Intense study of someone or something.
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Thorough inspection of a situation or a case.
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A ticket, or little paper billet, on which a vote is written.
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An examination by a committee of the votes given at an election, for the purpose of correcting the poll.

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Close examination; minute inspection.
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Origin of scrutiny

  • Middle English scrutinie taking of a formal vote from Latin scrūtinium inquiry, search from scrūtārī to search, examine from scrūta trash

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English scrutiny, from Medieval Latin scrÅ«tinium (“a search, an inquiry"), from Vulgar Latin scrÅ«tārÄ« (“to search or examine thoroughly"), of uncertain origin. Possibly from Late Latin scrÅ«ta (“rubbish, broken trash"); or of Germanic origin, related to Old English scrÅ«tnung (“examination, investigation, inquiry, search"), from Old English scrÅ«tnian, scrÅ«dnian (“to examine carefully, scrutinize, consider, investigate"), from Proto-Germanic *skrudōnÄ…, *skruþōnÄ… (“to search, examine"), from Proto-Germanic *skrud-, *skruþ- (“to cut"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kreut- (“to cut"). Compare Old High German skrodōn, scrutōn, scrutilōn (“to research, explore"), Old High German scrod (“a search, scrutiny"), Gothic [script?] (andhruskan, “to investigate, explore"), Old English scrÄ“adian (“to shred, cut up, cut off, peel, pare, prune"). More at shred.

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