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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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Examples from the Web for interjection
Historical Examples
  • I brought him back as if from a fit of epilepsy by the interjection of the word, "Siren."

  • Nothing could be liker him than the interjection, as is most meet.

    Spare Hours John Brown
  • The interjection came as if it were the outcome of sudden passion.

    Cutlass and Cudgel George Manville Fenn
  • "Spy or agent," said the Chamberlain, little abashed at the interjection.

    Doom Castle Neil Munro
  • Her modulation of grief, in her plaintive pronunciation of the interjection, Oh!

    Venice Preserved Thomas Otway
  • But the letter did at last get itself written, and there was not a note of interjection in it.

    Framley Parsonage

    Anthony Trollope
  • She sent up an interjection on the misfortune of her not having been born a man.

  • The shrug of her shoulders sufficiently completed the interjection.

    The Immortal Alphonse Daudet
  • "That is true," the Captain muttered in the style of an interjection.

    The Border Rifles

    Gustave Aimard
  • This mystic particle is also equivalent to the interjection O!

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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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interjection in Culture

interjection definition

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

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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