Part of speech: noun

A careful reading.

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Usage examples "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)", John Holland Rose.
  2. These may exercise an intense passing interest of curiosity, especially during a first perusal. - "Life of Charles Dickens", 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", George Nichols Packer.