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scrutiny Syllabification: scru·ti·ny
Pronunciation: /ˈskro͞otnē/

Definition of scrutiny in English:

noun (plural scrutinies)

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.


Late Middle English: from Latin scrutinium, from scrutari 'to search' (originally 'sort trash', from scruta 'trash'). 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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