- a searching examination or investigation; minute inquiry.
- surveillance; close and continuous watching or guarding.
- a close and searching look.
Origin of scrutiny
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Examples from the Web for scrutiny
His scrutiny is rarely engaged, it seems, when he is not himself the victim.An Ivy League Frat Boy’s Shallow Repentance
November 24, 2014
Jackson faced a lot of scrutiny when it came to his own appearance and lifestyle.Moonwalking With the Many Michael Jacksons
August 2, 2014
No one will deny these schools' sexual assault responses are in need of scrutiny and improvement.No Rapes On Campus? No Way.
July 5, 2014
You know, as we got closer to the end and ready to do it, the scrutiny intensifies and the conversations with the network happen.The Shocking ‘Fargo’ Finale: Creator Noah Hawley Breaks Down the Epic Bloodbath
June 18, 2014
In all of this, the role of the Obama Justice Department has escaped the scrutiny that it deserves.Sinn Fein Boss Gerry Adams Wanted This Murder Bust
May 1, 2014
As if she were conscious of his scrutiny, she lifted her head and glanced toward him.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Suddenly a strange sound at her side startled her into scrutiny of Caleb's face.Meadow Grass
The more potent a power in us, I suspect it is the more hidden from our scrutiny.'Wilfrid Cumbermede
My assistant hummed at her task, unconscious of my scrutiny.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
To his relief, a scrutiny of the dials revealed nothing wrong.Salvage in Space
John Stewart Williamson
- close or minute examination
- a searching look
- (in the early Christian Church) a formal testing that catechumens had to undergo before being baptized
- a similar examination of candidates for holy orders
Word Origin and History for scrutiny
early 15c., "a vote to choose someone to decide a question," from Late Latin scrutinium "a search, inquiry" (in Medieval Latin, "a mode of election by ballot"), from Latin scrutari "to examine, investigate, search," from PIE root *skreu- "to cut; cutting tool" (see shred (n.)). Meaning "close examination" first recorded c.1600. Perhaps the original notion of the Latin word is "to search through trash," via scruta (plural) "trash, rags" ("shreds"); or the original sense might be "to cut into, scratch."