• WordNet 3.6
    • v interpellate question formally about policy or government business
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Interpellate To question imperatively, as a minister, or other executive officer, in explanation of his conduct; -- generally on the part of a legislative body.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • interpellate To address with a question; especially, to question formally or publicly; demand an answer or explanation from: used originally in connection with French legislative proceedings: as, the ministry were interpellated with regard to their intentions.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Interpellate to question
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Interpel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—interpellāre, -ātum, to disturb by speaking—inter, between, pellĕre, to drive.


In literature:

On January 3, 1851, the Cabinet was interpellated on this order.
"The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte" by Karl Marx
Sallenauve showed no embarrassment at being thus interpellated.
"The Deputy of Arcis" by Honore de Balzac
However, he still stuck to his interpellation.
"The Prophet of Berkeley Square" by Robert Hichens
Leave to interpellate will certainly be asked for this afternoon.
"Paris From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
Leave to interpellate will certainly be asked for this afternoon.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
There he would do something more than make interpellations when he opened his mouth to speak.
"The Torrent" by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
The first gesture of the series is the interpellation, the entrance upon the scene.
"Delsarte System of Oratory" by Various
He gave me welcome in French, with here and there an interpellation of "Down, Turk," "Be quiet, Jupiter!
"The Princess Passes" by Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
This appropriate interpellation put an end to the proceedings.
"With Steyn and De Wet" by Philip Pienaar
Granet had interpellated Pichereau with a view to succeed him, and Pichereau fell without Granet succeeding him.
"His Excellency the Minister" by Jules Claretie
The general's interpellations were little regarded.
"Gideon's Band" by George W. Cable
The consequence is that interpellations are addressed, in practice, to the Bundesrath.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg
By-and-by our talk was resumed in the same strain from which the curate's interpellation had diverted it.
"She and I, Volume 1" by John Conroy Hutcheson
The deputies have the right to make interpellations.
"Bulgaria" by Frank Fox
My friend Carlier shall put an interpellation in the Chamber!
"The Doctor of Pimlico" by William Le Queux
Duvernois' interpellation in French Chamber, 342, 347.
"Studies in Literature and History" by Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall
They're afraid of an interpellation.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
The Imperial Chancellor knows that the whole world is waiting in breathless expectation his reply to our interpellation.
"Raemaekers' Cartoon History of the War, Volume 2" by Raemaekers
The ministers had to answer their French "interpellations" in French.
"Modern Leaders: Being a Series of Biographical Sketches" by Justin McCarthy
The right of permitting or vetoing an interpellation rests with the chamber.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 6" by Various