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Dec 5, 2007
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Miscellaneous words

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vilipend
adscititious
interpellate
serotine
superficies

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interpellate

(in-tuhr-PEL-ayt) Pronunciation Sound Clip

verb tr.: To question formally an official, a member of government, etc.

[From Latin interpellatus, past participle of interpellare (to interrupt), from inter- (between) + pellare (to thrust).]

"Another sore point for majority congressmen was the fact that several opposition congressmen continued to interpellate Mr. Andaya on the macroeconomic assumptions for as long as four hours straight."
Cathy Rose A. Garcia; Quorum Lack Delays Action On; BusinessWorld (Philippines, Manila); Oct 19, 2001.

See more usage examples of interpellate in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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There are few things more disturbing than to find, in somebody we detest, a moral quality which seems to us demonstrably superior to anything we ourselves possess. It augurs not merely an unfairness on the part of creation, but a lack of artistic judgment. Sainthood is acceptable only in saints. -Pamela Hansford Johnson, poet and novelist (1912-1981)

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