in·​ter·​ro·​ga·​tor | \in-ˈter-ə-ˌgā-tər, -ˈte-rə-\

Definition of interrogator 

1 : one that interrogates

2 : a radio transmitter and receiver for sending out a signal that triggers a transponder and for receiving and displaying the reply

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Cruz did not respond to his interrogators at Fiola, except to offer pleasantries wildly out of sync with the shouts and screams around him. Avi Selk, The Seattle Times, "Sen. Ted Cruz and wife shouted out of D.C. restaurant over his support for Kavanaugh," 25 Sep. 2018 The chief reason to watch is its star, Radhika Apte, who shone in Netflix's other major Hindi-language series Sacred Games, and who plays an interrogator in a military prison here. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Which of These New TV International Thrillers Should You Binge?," 30 Aug. 2018 But Dassey's lawyers say interrogators took advantage of his youth and mental limitations, fed him facts and extracted a confession through psychologically coercive tactics. Jessica Gresko,, "Teen in 'Making a Murderer' asks Supreme Court to take his case," 20 June 2018 Steven Kleinman, a longtime interrogator with lengthy experience during the first Gulf War, isn’t sure. Deb Riechmann,, "Senators want CIA to lift veil on nominee’s black site past," 16 Mar. 2018 The scene was a county jail and the interrogators were inmates in prison garb — soft cotton scrubs, some blue, some brown, some orange, depending on the status of their cases. New York Times, "Inmates Question Prospective Prosecutors in Jailhouse Campaign Debate," 26 June 2018 Rodriguez and Haspel had argued internally that the videotapes showed the faces of the interrogators and if made public could open them up to reprisals. Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, "CIA director nominee Haspel and the destruction of interrogation tapes: Contradictions and questions," 11 May 2018 The media, once the main interrogator of status quos, has become the primary apologist for virtually every iteration of the bureaucracy’s products, such as the Iran deal. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "It’s Trump’s Iran Deal Now," 9 May 2018 In his postmatch news conference on Thursday, Sampaoli could barely raise his eyes to face his interrogators. Rory Smith, New York Times, "How Argentina Lost Its Way. (Spoiler: It’s Not Messi’s Fault.)," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of interrogator

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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