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scru·ti·ny

 (skro͞ot′n-ē)
n.
Close, careful examination or observation.

[Middle English scrutinie, taking of a formal vote, from Latin scrūtinium, inquiry, search, from scrūtārī, to search, examine, from scrūta, trash.]

scrutiny

(ˈskruːtɪnɪ)
n, pl -nies
1. close or minute examination
2. a searching look
3. (Roman Catholic Church)
a. (in the early Christian Church) a formal testing that catechumens had to undergo before being baptized
b. a similar examination of candidates for holy orders
[C15: from Late Latin scrūtinium an investigation, from scrūtārī to search (originally referring to rag-and-bone men), from scrūta rubbish]

scru•ti•ny

(ˈskrut n i)

n., pl. -nies.
1. a searching examination; minute inquiry.
2. continuous surveillance.
3. a close and searching look.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin scrūtinium the action of searching, of scrutinizing, derivative of scrūtārī to search]
syn: See examination.

Scrutiny

 

See Also: INTENSITY

  1. Approach [society section of Sunday paper] like a lapidopterist advances on butterflies —Shana Alexander
  2. [A maitre d’] bent over (his guest list) like a conductor studying a score —Jonathan Valin
  3. Carefully surveyed the living room and, like an auctioneer brought in for appraisal, every object it contained —Richard Russo
  4. Examine [a face] as though it were a portrait in a public gallery —Ella Leffland
  5. Examine like a customs inspector —Anon
  6. Examine like a job hunter finecombs the employment ads or a New York apartment hunter finecombs the real estate ads —Anon
  7. Examine like a monkey picking fleas —Mike Sommer
  8. Examine with care, like a horse player eyeing the “Racing Form” —Shana Alexander
  9. Examine with care of diamond dealer examining a rare stone —Anon
  10. Explore [feelings] … like someone trying to locate a hollow tooth —Lawrence Durrell
  11. His scrutiny was like a well that pulled on you, making you eager to find your own face in the depths down there —Hortense Calisher
  12. Investigate … like a burglar twirling the dial of a well-constructed safe, listening for the locks to click and reveal the combination —Mary McCarthy
  13. Like a traveller in unfamiliar regions she began to store for future guidance the minutest natural signs —Edith Wharton
  14. Look at as does an experienced fish at a purchased fly —Gregory McDonald
  15. Looking at it [a letter] as if it were a code in need of breaking —Graham Swift
  16. (Should be) noted with care like the names of places passed on an important journey —John McGahern
  17. Peered around [the room] like a hungry toad —Harold Adams
  18. Pore over … like a Little-Leaguer entranced by a pack of baseball cards —Jill Ciment
  19. Pore over like possessed students of cabalist text —Joseph Weizenbaum

    Weizenbaum’s simile referred to the computer enthusiast’s intense absorption.

  20. Prodding [in search of something] like a great bird rummaging for seed —Edith Wharton
  21. Read their faces like texts and their gestures like punctuation marks —Helen Hudson

    The character thus studying faces in the novel, Criminal Trespass, is not surprisingly, a librarian. The description of the gestures the librarian studies includes another simile: “The way they … yank down the volumes and riffle the contents like the Yellow Pages.”

  22. Scrutinize as if he were a new character in a soap opera —Bobbie Ann Mason
  23. Scrutinized … with the air of an epicure examining a fly in his vichyssoise —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  24. Studied Barksdale’s face, openly, like a man taking inventory —Paige Mitchell
  25. Studies me like a teacher trying to decide how to discipline an unruly student —W. P. Kinsella
  26. Study [a trip schedule] as though it were a pack of Tarot cards in some tricky configuration —Sue Grafton
  27. Studying him like a culture —William Mcllvanney
  28. Surveyed [books] like a guard with his flashlight making the midnight rounds —Elizabeth Hardwick
  29. Being watched like a rabbit in a laboratory —Willa Cather
  30. Watching people, probing like a dentist into their innermost thoughts —Ivan Turgenev
  31. Went through everything … like detectives after fingerprints [describing antiques dealers] —Edith Wharton
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scrutiny - the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)scrutiny - the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)
audit - a methodical examination or review of a condition or situation; "he made an audit of all the plants on his property"; "an energy efficiency audit"; "an email log audit"
autopsy, necropsy, PM, postmortem examination, post-mortem examination, postmortem, post-mortem - an examination and dissection of a dead body to determine cause of death or the changes produced by disease
checkup, health check, medical, medical checkup, medical exam, medical examination - a thorough physical examination; includes a variety of tests depending on the age and sex and health of the person
comparing, comparison - the act of examining resemblances; "they made a comparison of noise levels"; "the fractions selected for comparison must require pupils to consider both numerator and denominator"
fine-tooth comb, fine-toothed comb - a method of examining in minute detail; "he went over the contract with a fine-tooth comb looking for loopholes"
reexamination, review, followup, follow-up - a subsequent examination of a patient for the purpose of monitoring earlier treatment
going-over - a careful and thorough inspection
look-over, once-over - a swift cursory examination or inspection; "I gave him the once-over"
ophthalmoscopy - examination of the interior of an eye using an ophthalmoscope
palpation, tactual exploration - a method of examination in which the examiner feels the size or shape or firmness or location of something (of body parts when the examiner is a health professional)
investigating, investigation - the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically
endoscopy - visual examination of the interior of a hollow body organ by use of an endoscope
gonioscopy - an examination of the front part of the eye to check the angle where the iris meets the cornea; it is used to distinguish between open-angle glaucoma and closed-angle glaucoma
keratoscopy - examination of the cornea with a keratoscope to detect irregularities in its anterior surface
rhinoscopy - examination of the nasal passages (either through the anterior nares or with a rhinoscope through the nasopharynx)
scan - the act of scanning; systematic examination of a prescribed region; "he made a thorough scan of the beach with his binoculars"
search - boarding and inspecting a ship on the high seas; "right of search"
study, survey - a detailed critical inspection
testing - an examination of the characteristics of something; "there are laboratories for commercial testing"; "it involved testing thousands of children for smallpox"
motion study, time and motion study, time study, time-and-motion study, time-motion study, work study - an analysis of a specific job in an effort to find the most efficient method in terms of time and effort
inspection, review - a formal or official examination; "the platoon stood ready for review"; "we had to wait for the inspection before we could use the elevator"
bank examination - an examination of the affairs and records of a bank by a state or federal bank examiner
2.scrutiny - a prolonged intense look
looking, looking at, look - the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually; "he went out to have a look"; "his look was fixed on her eyes"; "he gave it a good looking at"; "his camera does his looking for him"

scrutiny

noun examination, study, investigation, search, inquiry, analysis, inspection, exploration, sifting, once-over (informal), perusal, close study His private life came under media scrutiny.

scrutiny

noun
1. The act of examining carefully:
Informal: going-over.
2. The act of observing, often for an extended time:
Translations
تَفَحُّص
bedlivá pozornost
granskning
tarkastelutarkastustutkimus
alapos megvizsgálás
nákvæm athugun/rannsókn
apskateciešs skatienspārbauderūpīga vērošana
skúmavý pohľad
dikkatli inceleme

scrutiny

[ˈskruːtɪnɪ] N (= examination) → examen m detallado (Pol) [of votes] → escrutinio m, recuento m
under the scrutiny of sbbajo la mirada de algn
under his scrutiny she felt nervousbajo su mirada se sintió nerviosa
to keep sb under close scrutinyvigilar a algn de cerca
to submit sth to a close scrutinysometer algo a un detallado or cuidadoso examen
it does not stand up to scrutinyno resiste un examen

scrutiny

[ˈskruːtɪni] n
(= examination) → examen m
They want to make citizenship and immigration issues subject to the scrutiny of the European Parliament → Ils veulent soumettre les questions de citoyenneté et d'immigration à l'examen du Parlement européen.
to come under scrutiny → se retrouver sous les projecteurs
to be under scrutiny → être sous les projecteurs
They're under media scrutiny → Ils sont sous les projecteurs de l'actualité.
to be under scrutiny by sb → être sous les projecteurs de qn
His role is again under scrutiny by human rights organizations → Son rôle est une nouvelle fois sous les projecteurs des organisations de défense des droits de l'homme.
public scrutiny → examen public
(= searching look) → examen m
on close scrutiny
On close scrutiny Alison found a very pale mark → Un examen minutieux révéla à Alison une marque très pâle.

scrutiny

n
(= examination)Untersuchung f; (= checking)(Über)prüfung f; (of person)Musterung f; (= stare)prüfender or musternder Blick; everyone was subject to police scrutinyjeder wurde einer Überprüfung durch die Polizei unterzogen; it does not stand up to scrutinyes hält keiner genauen Untersuchung or Prüfung stand
(Pol) → Wahlprüfung f

scrutiny

[ˈskruːtɪnɪ] nesame m accurato (Pol) (of votes) → scrutinio
under the scrutiny of sb → sotto la sorveglianza di qn
it does not stand up to scrutiny → non regge ad un esame accurato

scrutiny

(ˈskruːtəni) noun
careful, detailed examination or inspection. Famous people live their lives under continuous public scrutiny.
ˈscrutinize, ˈscrutinise verb
to examine carefully. He scrutinized the coin with a magnifying-glass.

scrutiny

n. escrutinio.
References in classic literature ?
Satisfied with his scrutiny, the hunter soon left him.
The rank, wealth, and eminent character of the deceased must have insured the strictest scrutiny into every ambiguous circumstance.
With calm and intent scrutiny, he felt her pulse, looked into her eyes -- a gaze that made her heart shrink and shudder, because so familiar, and yet so strange and cold -- and, finally, satisfied with his investigation, proceeded to mingle another draught
It lasted while this visitant, at all events--and there was a touch of the strange freedom, as I remember, in the sign of familiarity of his wearing no hat--seemed to fix me, from his position, with just the question, just the scrutiny through the fading light, that his own presence provoked.
Though none of the most elegant, it yet stood the scrutiny tolerably well.
The whole frame-work of society, both in Europe and America, is made up of various things which will not stand the scrutiny of any very ideal standard of morality.
It was not going our way, but we joined it, nevertheless; for it was hourly being borne in upon me now, that if I would govern this country wisely, I must be posted in the details of its life, and not at second hand, but by personal observation and scrutiny.
Now come," said Luigi, "it is very pleasant to hear you say these things, but for unselfishness, or heroism, or magnanimity, the circumstances won't stand scrutiny.
was the doubtful answer; and he prolonged his scrutiny for some minutes.
For a moment the deep brown eyes of the elder and the light gray eyes of the younger looked into each other with steady, unyielding scrutiny on either side.
What irksome constraint I underwent, sitting in the same attitude hours upon hours, afraid to move an arm or a leg lest Miss Murdstone should complain (as she did on the least pretence) of my restlessness, and afraid to move an eye lest she should light on some look of dislike or scrutiny that would find new cause for complaint in mine
The man stopped eating, and regarded me with the keenest scrutiny and the greatest surprise.