[ig-zey-muh n]

noun Ecclesiastical.

an examination, as of conscience.

Origin of examen

1600–10; < Latin exāmen swarm of bees, device for weighing, balance < *exag-s-men, equivalent to *exag- base of exigere to drive out, inquire into, examine (see exact) + -s-men resultative noun suffix; cf. contaminate
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Historical Examples of examen

  • There is a good account of it in Humboldt's Examen critique, tom.

  • Roger North has left us a lively account of one of these processions, in his Examen.

    The Town

    Leigh Hunt

  • It was toward the end of September, the examen philosophicum was near.

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    Hans Christian Andersen

  • Wilhelm and Otto had happily passed their examen philosophicum.

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    Hans Christian Andersen

  • The Examen, which we call particular, will assist you much in it.

British Dictionary definitions for examen



RC Church an examination of conscience, usually made daily by Jesuits and others

Word Origin for examen

C17: from Latin: tongue of a balance, from exigere to thrust out, from agere to thrust
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