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scrutiny

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noun scru·ti·ny \ˈskrü-tə-nē, ˈskrüt-nē\

Simple Definition of scrutiny

  • : the act of carefully examining something especially in a critical way : the act of scrutinizing something

Full Definition of scrutiny

plural scru·ti·nies

  1. 1 :  a searching study, inquiry, or inspection :  examination

  2. 2 :  a searching look

  3. 3 :  close watch :  surveillance

Examples of scrutiny

  1. the close scrutiny of data

  2. I'd never faced that kind of scrutiny before.

  3. Because of their past crimes, everything they do now will be subject to scrutiny.

  4. Her opinion is based on a careful scrutiny of the text.



Origin of scrutiny

Latin scrutinium, from scrutari to search, examine, probably from scruta trash


First Known Use: 1604

Rhymes with scrutiny




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