noun, plural scru·ti·nies.
Origin of scrutiny
Examples from the Web for scrutiny
His scrutiny is rarely engaged, it seems, when he is not himself the victim.
Jackson faced a lot of scrutiny when it came to his own appearance and lifestyle.
No one will deny these schools' sexual assault responses are in need of scrutiny and improvement.
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|Kevin Fallon|June 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Ed Moloney|May 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He met that searching gaze as inscrutably as he had learned to endure the scrutiny of his opponent at the poker table.The Heart of Canyon Pass|Thomas K. Holmes
Her wide, light blue eyes returned his scrutiny, and for an instant each studied the other.The Luminous Face|Carolyn Wells
The German lived constantly under the scrutiny of one or another of the crew.First on the Moon|Jeff Sutton
Apparently satisfied with his scrutiny, Kennedy got up to go, complimenting the proprietor on his wine.The Silent Bullet|Arthur B. Reeve
He considered her and she kept her cold, ironic face uplifted to his scrutiny.The Third Window|Anne Douglas Sedgwick
British Dictionary definitions for scrutiny
noun plural -nies
- (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 for scrutiny
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."