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[puh-roo-zuh l] /pəˈru zəl/
a reading:
a perusal of the current books.
the act of perusing; survey; scrutiny:
A more careful perusal yields this conclusion.
Origin of perusal
First recorded in 1590-1600; peruse + -al2
Related forms
preperusal, adjective
reperusal, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • My admiration of Aeschylus has been prodigiously increased by this reperusal.

    Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay George Otto Trevelyan
  • Again, at a reperusal, he informed her: "I must habituate myself."

  • Now, on reperusal, I am almost convinced that you wrote me under some misapprehension.

    The Bartlett Mystery Louis Tracy
  • A glance at the balance recorded, a reperusal of the “idea,” and the impressive silence was broken into a thousand fragments.

    A Bookful of Girls

    Anna Fuller
  • The subject will be most easily comprehended after a reperusal of the argument of Chap.

  • Something like this occurs to me upon a reperusal of the unfinished memoirs of my old and dear friend, Carl Schurz.

    Marse Henry (Vol. 2) Henry Watterson
  • The reperusal of his paper assured me that Mr. Ball had paid attention to the formation of ancient lakes.

  • In after life he has been heard to say, that few things moved him more than the perusal and reperusal of this celebrated speech.

Word Origin and History for reperusal



c.1600, from peruse + -al (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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