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[in-ter-uh-gey-shuh n]
  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.
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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
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Examples from the Web for self-interrogation

Historical Examples

  • Once—twice—thrice—involuntarily did I repeat the self-interrogation.

    The Guerilla Chief

    Mayne Reid

  • The question is asked, not in bitterness, but to suggest a self-interrogation to the instincts of war.

British Dictionary definitions for self-interrogation


  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 Formsinterrogational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for self-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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