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- v. To interrupt (someone) so as to inform or question (that person about something).
- v. To address (a person) in a way that presupposes a particular identification of them; to give (a person) an identity (which may or may not be accurate).
- v. To question (someone) formally concerning official or governmental policy or business.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To question imperatively, as a minister, or other executive officer, in explanation of his conduct; -- generally on the part of a legislative body.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. question formally about policy or government business
Are You There God, It's Me Margaret engaged in hegemonic discourse that disrupted narratives of power; I gave the benefit of the doubt to the dumbass who thought "interpellate" and "interpolate" were synonyms; I gritted my teeth when an author dismissed the gendered meaning of "avuncular" as "deriv [ing] only from its etymology."
"interpellate" the PRIME MINISTER regarding his recent speech in
We are in our house, and as you walk the commons, we speak to you, interpellate you, and you recognize in our call the voice you choose to follow.
The resulting spectacle of oppression is profound: students communicate symbolically the intellectual and cultural violence of the state's abdication of education, and the authorities, ridiculously, actually interpellate themselves.
This is, in effect, how British literature was utilized in India and elsewhere to interpellate Indian subjects with a uniquely British sensibility, and thus produce compliant colonial subjects under the ruse of spreading civilization.
Such princes fear nothing, and are never abashed; they are on familiar terms with the audience, and interpellate the bystanders, which was a sure cause of merriment, but not of good order.
I was about condescendingly to interpellate him in my best
And, while the little, laughing girls questioned them, in that mocking tone which girls, when they are in a troupe, assume ordinarily to interpellate boys, these smiled, and each one struck his chest which gave a metallic sound.
"Let Granet interpellate us when he pleases -- In eight days, to-morrow, yes, to-day even, I am ready!"
Evidently enough his plan was to let Mege interpellate and overthrow the ministry, for he did not fear him, and in his own estimation would afterwards simply have to stoop to pick up the fallen portfolios.