[ ig-zey-muh n ]
/ ɪgˈzeɪ mən /

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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/ (ɪɡˈzeɪmɛn) /


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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