[waw-ter-bawr-ding, ‐bohr‐, wot-er‐]
- a harsh interrogation technique in which water is poured onto the face and head of the immobilized victim so as to induce a fear of drowning.
Origin of waterboarding
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Examples from the Web for waterboarding
A number of Japanese soldiers were criminally charged and convicted for waterboarding and otherwise torturing prisoners.
The U.S. took a more serious view of waterboarding when it was done to Americans in World War II.
They might have scored all that dough if word of the waterboarding had not leaked.
I know of the waterboarding of the three guys pursuant to the August 2002 program.CIA Interrogation Chief: ‘Rectal Feeding,’ Broken Limbs Are News to Me
December 11, 2014
But there were no beatings, no waterboarding, no rough stuff at all.What It’s Like to Be Snatched by the Delta Force
October 9, 2014
- a form of torture in which the victim is immobilized and has water poured on his or her face, producing a severe gag reflex, to simulate drowning
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