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Monday, June 11, 2018

Definitions for scrutator

  1. a person who investigates.

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Citations for scrutator
Mistrust, assuming the ascendency, commenced its regency, and the observations of so indefatigable and eagle eyed a scrutator produced a conviction of the blackest perfidy. Judith Seargent Murray, "No. LXXVIII," The Gleaner: A Miscellaneous Production in Three Volumes, 1798
I did not find him to be a thinker, and much less a scrutator ... Abbé Barruel, Memoirs, Illustrating the History of Jacobinism, translated by Robert Clifford, 1799
Origin of scrutator
1570-1580
English scrutator comes straight from the Latin noun scrūtātor “searcher (after something or someone hidden),” a derivative of the verb scrūtārī“ to probe, examine closely,” originally “to sort through rags.” Scrūtārī itself is a derivative of the (neuter plural) noun scrūta “discarded items, junk.” Scrutator entered English in the late 16th century.