interrogation

An interrogation is a question or an intense questioning session. Police do interrogations of suspects all the time.

Have you ever heard someone say, "What is this? An interrogation?" People say that when they feel like they're being questioned a little too much. An interrogation can mean a single question or a series of questions. Police stations usually have interrogation rooms for questioning suspects. When someone is doing an interrogation, they're looking for answers, and it's usually about something very serious.

Definitions of interrogation
  1. noun
    an instance of questioning
    synonyms: enquiry, inquiry, query, question
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    answer
    the speech act of replying to a question
    type of:
    inquiring, questioning
    a request for information
  2. noun
    formal systematic questioning
    synonyms: examination, interrogatory
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    catechism
    a series of question put to an individual (such as a political candidate) to elicit their views
    deposition
    (law) a pretrial interrogation of a witness; usually conducted in a lawyer's office
    inquisition
    a severe interrogation (often violating the rights or privacy of individuals)
    third degree
    interrogation often accompanied by torture to extort information or a confession
    cross-examination
    (law) close questioning of a hostile witness in a court of law to discredit or throw a new light on the testimony already provided in direct examination
    direct examination
    (law) the initial questioning of a witness by the party that called the witness
    redirect examination, reexamination
    (law) questioning of a witness by the party that called the witness after that witness has been subject to cross-examination
    interview
    the questioning of a person (or a conversation in which information is elicited); often conducted by journalists
    debriefing
    report of a mission or task
    employment interview, job interview
    an interview to determine whether an applicant is suitable for a position of employment
    telephone interview
    an interview conducted over the telephone
    type of:
    inquiring, questioning
    a request for information
  3. noun
    a sentence of inquiry that asks for a reply
    “he had trouble phrasing his interrogations
    synonyms: interrogative, interrogative sentence, question
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    cross-question
    a question asked in cross-examination
    leading question
    a question phrased in such a way as to suggest the desired answer; a lawyer may ask leading questions on cross-examination
    yes-no question
    a question that can be answered by yes or no
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    sentence
    a string of words satisfying the grammatical rules of a language
  4. noun
    a transmission that will trigger an answering transmission from a transponder
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    transmission
    communication by means of transmitted signals
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