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[puh-roo-zuh l]
  1. a reading: a perusal of the current books.
  2. the act of perusing; survey; scrutiny: A more careful perusal yields this conclusion.
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Origin of perusal

First recorded in 1590–1600; peruse + -al2
Related formspre·pe·rus·al, adjectivere·pe·rus·al, noun
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Historical Examples

  • 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.

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

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

Word Origin and History for reperusal



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

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