One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1with object To travel through and inspect thoroughly; to survey comprehensively, especially in an official capacity.
2with object To examine a document for the purpose of surveillance; to intercept and read correspondence passing through the post.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Andrew Borde (c1490–1549), physician and author. From classical Latin perlustrāt-, past participial stem of perlustrāre to travel through, to scrutinize from per- + lustrāre.
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