[in-ter-uh-gey-shuh n]


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 formsin·ter·ro·ga·tion·al, adjectivere·in·ter·ro·ga·tion, nounself-in·ter·ro·ga·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for interrogation

investigation, examination, inquiry, cross-examination

Examples from the Web for interrogation

Contemporary Examples of interrogation

Historical Examples of interrogation

  • Again, Aggie studied him with a swift glance of interrogation.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • The interrogation came with an abrupt force that cried of new suspicions.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • His last remark had been more of a reflection than an interrogation.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill

  • He considered that the interrogation might well end with a last word, a last sentence.

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

  • He is exhibiting Socrates for the first time undergoing the Socratic interrogation.

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 Formsinterrogational, 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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