What does scrutiny mean?

Definitions for scrutinyˈskrut n i

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word scrutiny.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. examination, scrutiny(noun)

    the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)

  2. scrutiny(noun)

    a prolonged intense look


  1. scrutiny(Noun)

    Intense study of someone or something.

  2. scrutiny(Noun)

    Thorough inspection of a situation or a case.

Webster Dictionary

  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.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scrutiny

    skrōō′ti-ni, n. careful or minute inquiry: critical examination: an examination of the votes given at an election for the purpose of correcting the poll: in the early Church, the examination in Lent of the Catechumens: (R.C.) one of the methods of electing a pope, the others being acclamation and accession.—adj. Scru′table.—ns. Scrutā′tion, scrutiny; Scrutā′tor, a close examiner.—v.t.. Scru′tinate, to examine: to investigate.—n. Scrutineer′, one who makes a scrutiny, or minute search or inquiry.—v.t.. Scru′tinise, to search minutely or closely: to examine carefully or critically: to investigate.—n. Scru′tiniser.—adj. Scru′tinous.—adv. Scru′tinously.—Scrutin-de-liste, a method of voting for the French Chamber of Deputies, in which the voter casts his ballot for the whole number of deputies allotted to his department, choosing the candidates in any combination he pleases—opp. to Scrutin d'arrondissement, in which method the voter votes only for his local candidate or candidates, the arrondissement being the basis of representation. [O. Fr. scrutine—L. scrutiniumscrutāri, to search even to the rags—scruta, rags, trash.]

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'scrutiny' in Nouns Frequency: #2639


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scrutiny in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scrutiny in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. President Obama:

    Her arguments don't stand the test of fact and scrutiny.

  2. John Louth:

    Additional political scrutiny in defence tenders is never a bad thing.

  3. Neil Wilkinson:

    If you look at the arguments for European equities, they still stand up to scrutiny.

  4. Karen Loew:

    When something is designated an individual landmark it's subjected to a greater amount of scrutiny.

  5. Keith Oldham:

    The Joint Commission brings external scrutiny to hospitals, and external scrutiny is very important.

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