surveillance

[ ser-vey-luh ns, -veyl-yuh ns ]SEE DEFINITION OF surveillance

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SURVEILLANCE

It was only during a pause for breath that he became aware of the surveillance.

Was it the consciousness of this surveillance that made every one keep the house?

It was the citoyen Beauvisage, of the Committee of Surveillance.

After awhile, he became conscious that he was under a sort of surveillance.

And then, released from surveillance, exhausted in mind and body—he fell again.

The Indian chief felt that it was necessary to redouble his surveillance.

By this time, he reasoned, there would not be a hotel in Paris free of surveillance.

For my own part, I approve of the principle of surveillance.

What kind of a term is surveillance, and what does it imply?

“Well, your surveillance upon me annoys me,” I declared abruptly.

WORD ORIGIN

1802, from French surveillance "oversight, supervision, a watch," noun of action from surveiller "oversee, watch," from sur- "over" + veiller "to watch," from Latin vigilare, from vigil "watchful" (see vigil). Seemingly a word of the Terror in France.

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