Definition of examen in English:

examen

(also examen of conscience)

noun

  • (especially among Jesuits) a devotional exercise involving reflection on and moral evaluation of one's thoughts and conduct, typically performed on a daily basis.

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Latin, in the figurative sense ‘examination’ (literally ‘tongue of a balance’), from exigere ‘weigh accurately’.

Pronunciation

examen

/ɛɡˈzeɪmɛn//ɛgˈzɑːmɛn/