Definition of scrutiny in English:



  • Critical observation or examination.

    ‘every aspect of local government was placed under scrutiny’
    • ‘The small percipient eyes are screwed up, and wrinkled from his repeated minute scrutinies.’
    • ‘He might read Michael Buckley's magisterial study of scientific scrutinies of religion ever since the Enlightenment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    careful examination, inspection, survey, scan, study, perusal
    search, investigation, exploration, research, probe, enquiry, check, audit, review, analysis, dissection
    going-over, look-see, once-over
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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.