One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person whose official duty it is to examine or investigate something.
- ‘Messrs. M. S. Giuseppi and W. A. Littledale were appointed scrutators of the ballot.’
- 1.1historical A university official responsible for examining votes at university elections and announcing the result.
Late 16th century: from Latin, from scrutari ‘search, examine’.
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