Definitions for scrutinyˈskrut n i

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  1. examination, scrutiny(noun)

    the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)

  2. scrutiny(noun)

    a prolonged intense look

WiktionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. scrutiny(Noun)

    Intense study of someone or something.

  2. scrutiny(Noun)

    Thorough inspection of a situation or a case.

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Scrutiny(noun)

    close examination; minute inspection; critical observation

  2. Scrutiny(noun)

    an examination of catechumens, in the last week of Lent, who were to receive baptism on Easter Day

  3. Scrutiny(noun)

    a ticket, or little paper billet, on which a vote is written

  4. Scrutiny(noun)

    an examination by a committee of the votes given at an election, for the purpose of correcting the poll

  5. Scrutiny(verb)

    to scrutinize

  6. Origin: [L. scrutinium, fr. scrutari to search carefully, originally, to search even to the rags, fr. scruta trash, trumpery; perhaps akin to E. shred: cf. AS. scrudnian to make scrutiny.]

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  1. Scrutiny

    Scrutiny. In Roman times, the "scrutari" of cities and towns were those who laboriously searched for valuables amidst the waste and cast-offs of others. The modern English "scrutiny" is derived from this root, indicating a careful examination or inquiry. The word is specifically applied in the early Roman Catholic Church to the examination of the catechumens or those under instruction in the faith. They were taught the creed and the Lord's Prayer, examined therein, and exorcized prior to baptism. The days of scrutiny varied at different periods from three to seven. From about the end of the 12th century, when it became usual to baptize infants soon after their birth instead of at stated times, the ceremony of scrutiny was incorporated with that of the actual baptism. Currently, there are three moments for the scrutinies to occur: the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Sundays of Lent. These are done in public in front of the entire congregation, and the candidates are dismissed before the Prayer of the Faithful. Only under grave circumstances can the scrutinies be dispensed, and only then by the local ordinary. The scrutinies are fully intended for the catechumens.

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