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  • n. Plural form of scrutiny.

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  • Other disciplinary regulations common to all colleges deal with (p.  065) carrying arms, unpunctuality, talking during the reading in Hall or disturbing the Chapel services, bringing strangers into College, sleeping out of College, absence without leave, negligence and idleness, scurrilous or offensive language, spilling water in upper rooms to the detriment of the inhabitants of the lower rooms, and failure to attend the regular "scrutinies" or the stated general meetings for College business.

    Life in the Medieval University

  • Possibly, however, these three weeks had to do with the "scrutinies" preparatory to

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • Blessing of the Font, and the Litanies of the Saints are all to be referred to what was originaly a very essential feature of the Easter vigil, viz., the baptism of the catechumens, whose preparation had been carried on during Lent, emphasized at frequent intervals by the formal "scrutinies", of which not a few traces are still preserved in our Lenten liturgy.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 7: Gregory XII-Infallability

  • The impertinence of these kind of scrutinies, moreover, was generally concluded with a compliment, which though meant as its douceur, was considered by Marianne as the greatest impertinence of all; for after undergoing an examination into the value and make of her gown, the colour of her shoes, and the arrangement of her hair, she was almost sure of being told that upon "her word she looked vastly smart, and she dared to say she would make a great many conquests."

    Sense and Sensibility

  • The impertinence of these kind of scrutinies, moreover, was generally concluded with a compliment, which though meant as its douceur, was considered by Marianne as the greatest impertinence of all; for after undergoing an examination into the value and make of her gown, the colour of her shoes, and the arrangement of her hair, she was almost sure of being told that upon “her word she looked vastly smart, and she dared to say she would make a great many conquests.”

    Sense and Sensibility

  • The impertinence of these kind of scrutinies, moreover, was generally concluded with a compliment, which though meant as its douceur, was considered by Marianne as the greatest impertinence of all; for after undergoing an examination into the value and make of her gown, the colour of her shoes, and the arrangement of her hair, she was almost sure of being told that upon "her word she looked vastly smart, and she dared to say would make a great many conquests."

    Sense and Sensibility

  • "scrutinies" (examination and presentation of the candidates), and were seven in number.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux

  • "scrutinies", the catechumens were at last admitted to the reception of the Sacrament.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • So he still has his allies controlling the ports; he's still maybe able to squeeze companies that are under the scrutinies of the West to be able to get some cash out.

    Ordinary Ivorians Feel Pinch of Sanctions Aimed at Incumbent President

  • He'd face many scrutinies and much criticism ... but ... at least his life is already an open book.

    Alec Baldwin interested in congressional run

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  • As in some of the examples, 'scrutinies' is the plural of the noun 'scrutiny'. In the UK, in local government there are 'scrutiny committees' who task is to conduct 'scrutinies'.

    Those committees work by scrutinising policies and how they are working, or should work, in a similar way to 'select committees' in UK Central Government.

    A local authority scrutiny committee can require witnesses who are public servants to attend and give evidence.

    June 20, 2012