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[in-ter-jek-shuh n] /ˌɪn tərˈdʒɛk ʃən/
the act of interjecting.
something interjected, as a remark.
the utterance of a word or phrase expressive of emotion; the uttering of an exclamation.
  1. any member of a class of words expressing emotion, distinguished in most languages by their use in grammatical isolation, as Hey! Oh! Ouch! Ugh!
  2. any other word or expression so used, as Good grief! Indeed!
Origin of interjection
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English interjeccio(u)n < Latin interjectiōn- (stem of interjectiō). See interject, -ion
Related forms
interjectional, interjectural
[in-ter-jek-cher-uh l] /ˌɪn tərˈdʒɛk tʃər əl/ (Show IPA),
interjectionally, adverb Unabridged
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  • Burke's interjection of humor at strategic moments seemed to keep the discourse civil, lighthearted and entertaining.
  • For an architect to incorporate a linen closet when it wasn't designated may or may not be a righteous form of interjection.
  • The elevation of this subject to the national stage has heightened the interjection into the process of these external influences.
British Dictionary definitions for interjection


a word or remark expressing emotion; exclamation
the act of interjecting
a word or phrase that is characteristically used in syntactic isolation and that usually expresses sudden emotion; expletive interj.
Derived Forms
interjectional, interjectory, interjectural, adjective
interjectionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for interjection

early 15c., from Middle French interjection (Old French interjeccion, 13c.), from Latin interiectionem (nominative interiectio) "a throwing or placing between," noun of action from past participle stem of intericere, from inter- "between" (see inter-) + -icere, comb. form of iacere "to throw" (see jet (v.)).

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interjection in Culture

interjection definition

A brief exclamation, often containing only one word: “Oh!” “Gee!” “Good grief!” “Ouch!”

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