- the act of carefully examining something especially in a critical way
- the close/careful scrutiny of data
- judicial/public/scientific scrutiny
- I'd never faced that kind of scrutiny before.
- Because of their past crimes, everything they do now will be subject to scrutiny.
- Their behavior is under scrutiny again. = Their behavior has come under scrutiny again. [=people are examining their behavior in a critical way again]
- Her opinion is based on a careful scrutiny of the text.