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interpellate

[in-ter-pel-eyt, in-tur-puh-leyt] /ˌɪn tərˈpɛl eɪt, ɪnˈtɜr pəˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), interpellated, interpellating.
1.
to call formally upon (a minister or member of a government) in interpellation.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin interpellātus past participle of interpellāre to interrupt, equivalent to inter- inter- + -pellā(re) to speak + -tus past participle suffix
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interpellator
[in-ter-puh-ley-ter, in-tur-puh-ley-] /ˈɪn tər pəˌleɪ tər, ɪnˈtɜr pəˌleɪ-/ (Show IPA),
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interpellate

/ɪnˈtɜːpɛˌleɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) (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
Derived Forms
interpellation, noun
interpellator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin interpellāre to disturb, from inter- + pellere to push
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