interjection

[in-ter-jek-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act of interjecting.
2.
something interjected, as a remark.
3.
the utterance of a word or phrase expressive of emotion; the uttering of an exclamation.
4.
Grammar.
a.
any member of a class of words expressing emotion, distinguished in most languages by their use in grammatical isolation, as Hey! Oh! Ouch! Ugh!
b.
any other word or expression so used, as Good grief! Indeed!

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English interjeccio(u)n < Latin interjectiōn- (stem of interjectiō). See interject, -ion

interjectional, interjectural [in-ter-jek-cher-uhl] , adjective
interjectionally, adverb
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interjection (ˌɪntəˈdʒɛkʃən)
 
n
1.  a word or remark expressing emotion; exclamation
2.  the act of interjecting
3.  interj. a word or phrase that is characteristically used in syntactic isolation and that usually expresses sudden emotion; expletive
 
inter'jectional
 
adj
 
inter'jectory
 
adj
 
inter'jectural
 
adj
 
inter'jectionally
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

interjection
c.1430, from M.Fr. interjection (13c.), from L. interjectionem (nom. interjectio) "a throwing or placing between," from pp. stem of intericere, from inter- "between" + -icere, comb. form of jacere "to throw."
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Cultural Dictionary

interjection definition


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

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Example sentences
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.
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