What does the word perusal mean?

Usage examples for perusal

  1. And yet, if the circumstances of the time be considered, the first agreeable impressions aroused by the perusal of this letter must be clouded over by doubts. – The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2) by John Holland Rose
  2. These may exercise an intense passing interest of curiosity, especially during a first perusal. – Life of Charles Dickens by Frank Marzials
  3. So the value of a book does not consist in the size and number of its pages, but from the knowledge that may be gained by its perusal. – Our Calendar by George Nichols Packer