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[ in-ter-uh-gey-shuhn ]


  1. the act of interrogating; questioning.
  2. an instance of being interrogated:

    He seemed shaken after his interrogation.

  3. a question; inquiry.
  4. a written list of questions.
  5. an interrogation point; question mark.


/ ɪnˌtɛrəˈɡeɪʃən /


  1. the technique, practice, or an instance of interrogating
  2. a question or query
  3. telecomm the transmission of one or more triggering pulses to a transponder

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Derived Forms

  • inˌterroˈgational, adjective
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Other Words From

  • in·terro·gation·al adjective
  • rein·terro·gation noun
  • self-in·terro·gation noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of interrogation1

1350–1400; Middle English interrogacio ( u ) n < Latin interrogātiōn- (stem of interrogātiō ). See interrogate, -ion
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Example Sentences

Law enforcement officers have long noticed that individuals arriving for an interrogation smell like their own unique selves—yet they leave smelling potently similar, after the stressful questioning.

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During an interrogation, Quiroz at one point admitted that she had had sexual relations with women in the past.

He acknowledges he has largely escaped interrogation in his clubhouse by being open about it.

During these episodes players are given a small range of questions to choose from and are graded at the end of the interrogation on the pertinence of their choices.

The statement added that the S-21 facility held thousands of Cambodians, including the elderly and children, who were subjected to torture, hunger, interrogation and, eventually, violent deaths.

It is difficult, then, to know what interview techniques were used in any given interrogation.

Administration lawyers also approved the "enhanced interrogation techniques" and said they were legally permissible.

He and Jessen convinced a stunned and desperate CIA that they were the ones to run a new interrogation program.

Senate investigations have known about abuses in the CIA interrogation program for years.

After just a “few minutes” of questioning at Cobalt, he was subject to enhanced interrogation techniques.

Interrogation is a figure in which a question is asked, not to get an answer, but for the sake of emphasis.

He had a high-pitched voice with aristocratic intonations, and he seemed to be in a perpetual state of interrogation.

You can't describe them unless you label them with the hackneyed interrogation point.

Was there any interrogation other than what you have mentioned by police officers in the car?

Mr. Jenner, you can use those to supplement or as you see fit during the interrogation this afternoon.





interrogateinterrogation mark