From Middle English scrutiny, from Medieval Latin scrūtinium ("a search, an inquiry"), from Vulgar Latin scrūtor ("to search or examine thoroughly"), of uncertain origin. Possibly from Late Latin scrūta ("rubbish, broken trash"); or of Germanic origin, related to Old English scrūtnung ("examination, investigation, inquiry, search"), from scrūtnian, scrūdnian, from Proto-Germanic *skrudōną, *skruþōną, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)krewt- ("to cut"). Compare Old High German skrodōn, scrutōn, scrutilōn, Old High German scrod ("a search, scrutiny"), Old English scrēadian ("to shred, cut up, cut off, peel, pare, prune"). More at shred.
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