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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: scrutinium, from scrutari 'to search, examine', from scruta 'unwanted things, trash'

scrutiny

noun
     
scru‧ti‧ny [uncountable]
careful and thorough examination of someone or something
careful/close scrutiny
Careful scrutiny of the company's accounts revealed a whole series of errors.
Their activities have come under police scrutiny.

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