scrutiny


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scrutiny

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
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Once aboard he examined each new face minutely, evincing the same disappointment in each instance that had marked his scrutiny of the others.
She instantly returned the stranger's scrutiny by a frowning, ungracious look.
Archer paused again, and their eyes met in another protracted scrutiny.
As the men picked up the bodies I noticed that the one who stooped to gather up the late Sator Throg started as his closer scrutiny fell upon the upturned face, and then the fellow stole a furtive, sneaking glance in my direction from the corner of his eye.
Called away by this noise and outcry, they proceeded no farther with the scrutiny of the remaining books, and so it is thought that "The Carolea," "The Lion of Spain," and "The Deeds of the Emperor," written by Don Luis de Avila, went to the fire unseen and unheard; for no doubt they were among those that remained, and perhaps if the curate had seen them they would not have undergone so severe a sentence.
The difficulty of placing it rightly, in a government resting entirely on the basis of periodical elections, will as readily be perceived, when it is considered that the most conspicuous characters in it will, from that circumstance, be too often the leaders or the tools of the most cunning or the most numerous faction, and on this account, can hardly be expected to possess the requisite neutrality towards those whose conduct may be the subject of scrutiny.
This done, he would gallop off in an opposite direction and repeat the same scrutiny.
Kozlovski scanned the ranks resolutely and included Rostov in his scrutiny.
Here he determined to hide until darkness had fallen, for he knew that the search would be on for the little lost Prince at any moment, and that none might traverse the streets of London without being subject to the closest scrutiny.
Under his close scrutiny, a flush of color stole into her cheeks.
The Parisian director approached his English colleague, and looked at him with grave and anxious scrutiny.
When he buttoned the collar in front, its points served to cover the cheeks, chin and mouth were buried in its depths, and a close scrutiny revealed only shadowy eyes and a little less shadowy nose.