interpellate

interpellate

[in-ter-pel-eyt, in-tur-puh-leyt]
verb (used with object), interpellated, interpellating.
to call formally upon (a minister or member of a government) in interpellation.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Latin interpellātus past participle of interpellāre to interrupt, equivalent to inter- inter- + -pellā(re) to speak + -tus past participle suffix

interpellator [in-ter-puh-ley-ter, in-tur-puh-ley-] , noun
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interpellate (ɪnˈtɜːpɛˌleɪt)
 
vb
(tr) parliamentary procedure (in European legislatures) to question (a member of the government) on a point of government policy, often interrupting the business of the day
 
[C16: from Latin interpellāre to disturb, from inter- + pellere to push]
 
interpel'lation
 
n
 
in'terpellator
 
n

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