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Definition of "scrutiny" []

  • A close, careful examination or study. (noun)
  • Close observation; surveillance. (noun)
  • Close or minute examination (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A searching look (noun)
  • (in the early Christian Church) a formal testing that catechumens had to undergo before being baptized (noun)
  • A similar examination of candidates for holy orders (noun)

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Use "scrutiny" in a sentence
  • "I would say the class in scrutiny is definitely the beneficiary of theft."
  • "One aspect of the newly-passed FISA law that deserves a bit of extra scrutiny is the amount of pressure it puts on “minimization procedures,” one of the few points of contact between the surveillance program and the FISA court."
  • "BEIJING Airlines are being told to stay away from Beijing's airport during the opening ceremony of the Olympics and further scrutiny is being applied to foreign entertainers in the latest security moves ahead of next month's games."