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perscrutation

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin perscrūtātiō, from the past participle stem of perscrūtor.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /pəːskɹuːˈteɪʃən/

NounEdit

perscrutation (plural perscrutations)

  1. (rare) A thorough searching; a minute inquiry or scrutiny.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Folio Society 2006, vol. 1 p. 103:
      The first and universall reasons are of a hard perscrutation.
    • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 2, ch. 8, The Electon
      Such guessing, visioning, dim perscrutation of the momentous future: the very clothmakers, old women, all townsfolk speak of it