One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Critical observation or examination.‘every aspect of local government was placed under scrutiny’
careful examination, inspection, survey, scan, study, perusalView synonyms
- ‘He might read Michael Buckley's magisterial study of scientific scrutinies of religion ever since the Enlightenment.’
- ‘The small percipient eyes are screwed up, and wrinkled from his repeated minute scrutinies.’
- ‘The Hutton and Butler scrutinies called into question whether the obligation was being fully secured.’
- ‘The group entered the store, Vicki only vaguely aware of Cora and Andy's chatter and Wil's long, sidelong scrutinies.’
- ‘In response to all the above-mentioned cases, I published critical scrutinies of Korpi's assertions.’
- ‘She then preceded him from the sitting room, allowing nothing to show on her expression save calm due to his continued sidelong scrutinies.’
- ‘This might have been because there was nothing on the end of the line except a lead sinker, but that interesting anomaly wasn't visible to the observers, even with the keenest of scrutinies, so they were left unknowing.’
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.
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