Definition of scrutiny in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈskruːtɪni/

noun (plural scrutinies)

[mass noun]
Critical observation or examination: every aspect of local government was placed under scrutiny
More example sentences
  • In response to all the above-mentioned cases, I published critical scrutinies of Korpi's assertions.
  • He might read Michael Buckley's magisterial study of scientific scrutinies of religion ever since the Enlightenment.
  • The Hutton and Butler scrutinies called into question whether the obligation was being fully secured.
careful examination, inspection, survey, scan, study, perusal;
search, investigation, exploration, research, probe, enquiry, check, audit, review, analysis, dissection
informal going-over, look-see, once-over


Late Middle English: from Latin scrutinium, from scrutari 'to search' (originally 'sort rubbish', from scruta 'rubbish'). Early use referred to the taking of individual votes in an election procedure.

  • inscrutable from Late Middle English:

    Inscrutable is from ecclesiastical Latin inscrutabilis, from in- ‘not’ and scrutari ‘to search’ also found in scrutiny (Late Middle English).

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