[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. interreligious,
  2. interrex,
  3. interrobang,
  4. interrog.,
  5. interrogate,
  6. interrogation mark,
  7. interrogation point,
  8. interrogative,
  9. interrogative sentence,
  10. interrogator

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

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British Dictionary definitions for interrogational


/ (ɪnˌtɛrəˈɡeɪʃən) /


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 interrogational



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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