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[in-ter-uh-gey-shuh n] /ɪnˌtɛr əˈgeɪ ʃən/
the act of interrogating; questioning.
an instance of being interrogated:
He seemed shaken after his interrogation.
a question; inquiry.
a written list of questions.
an interrogation point; question mark.
Origin of interrogation
1350-1400; Middle English interrogacio(u)n < Latin interrogātiōn- (stem of interrogātiō). See interrogate, -ion
Related forms
interrogational, adjective
reinterrogation, noun
self-interrogation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for interrogation
  • Depositions are the closest thing to an interrogation that is legal.
  • There they took my phone and camera, denied me access to water or a toilet during a day and a night of interrogation.
  • The denials came in rapid fire, and once the interrogation was well underway it was clear that none of us seemed to have done it.
  • Under the influence, he almost turned the interview into an interrogation plus a lecture, judging by his tone and manner.
  • Others say it was hastened by hours of intensive interrogation.
  • Brain fingerprinting test, known in this country as brain mapping, is another procedure of scientific interrogation.
  • He is said to frown on torture as a method of interrogation.
  • They're not observing the rule of law in any interrogation.
  • All it means is out of the ordinary, not necessarily covert and to a secret place for interrogation.
  • He was allowed to do press-ups in the interrogation centre, however.
British Dictionary definitions for interrogation


the technique, practice, or an instance of interrogating
a question or query
(telecomm) the transmission of one or more triggering pulses to a transponder
Derived Forms
interrogational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for interrogation

late 14c., "a questioning; a set of questions," from Old French interrogacion (13c.) or directly from Latin interrogationem (nominative interrogatio) "a question, questioning, interrogation," noun of action from past participle stem of interrogare "to ask, question, inquire, interrogate," from inter- "between" (see inter-) + rogare "ask, to question" (see rogation).

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