Scru"ti*ny (?), n. [L. scrutinium, fr. scrutari to search carefuly, originally, to search even to the rags, fr. scruta trash, trumpery; perhaps akin to E. shred: cf. AS. scrudnian to make scrutiny.]


Close examination; minute inspection; critical observation.

They that have designed exactness and deep scrutiny have taken some one part of nature. Sir M. Hale.

Thenceforth I thought thee worth my nearer view And narrower scrutiny. Milton.

2. Anc. Church

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

3. CanonLaw

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

4. Parliamentary Practice

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

Brande & C.


© Webster 1913.

Scru"ti*ny, v. t.

To scrutinize.



© Webster 1913.

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