interrogator

noun
in·​ter·​ro·​ga·​tor | \ in-ˈter-ə-ˌgā-tər How to pronounce interrogator (audio) , -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

Examples of interrogator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After the Second World War, the Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie found refuge in Bolivia and lent his services as an interrogator to the security services, earning the rank of lieutenant colonel. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "Bolivia’s Evo Morales Wants to Stay in the Game," 20 Nov. 2019 Wallace was often considered the most feared interviewer on television, an interrogator whose manner was unrelenting and questions probing, to the point that both Sid Caesar and Jack Benny did skits satirizing their ferocity. Los Angeles Times, "Review: The documentary ‘Mike Wallace Is Here’ is as tough minded as the man himself," 25 July 2019 One of the Ritchie Boys, Hans Jacob Meier, the team’s ace German interrogator, led the questioning. Greg Miller, Smithsonian, "The Untold Story of the Secret Mission to Seize Nazi Map Data," 23 Oct. 2019 The depths of the depravity at the camp have largely only been revealed by task force interrogators suffering crises of conscience. Dina Temple-raston, Washington Post, "Inside the CIA’s hunt for a terrorist mastermind in pre-invasion Iraq," 3 Oct. 2019 Great writers are always grand readers, and the regular business of watching Morrison go at other authors’ texts, as an analyst and interrogator, was a pleasure. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The Indelible Substance of a Semester with Toni Morrison," 7 Aug. 2019 Wallace was often considered the most feared interviewer on television, an interrogator whose manner was unrelenting and questions probing, to the point that both Sid Caesar and Jack Benny did skits satirizing their ferocity. Los Angeles Times, "Review: The documentary ‘Mike Wallace Is Here’ is as tough minded as the man himself," 25 July 2019 Communist interrogators, the reasoning went, plainly had access to futuristic techniques. Christopher Tayler, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 19 Aug. 2019 Defense attorneys said the Hayats had simply made up details in a misguided effort to help their FBI interrogators. Demian Bulwa, SFChronicle.com, "Hamid Hayat, freed after 14 years in terror case: ‘I’m can’t believe this day came’," 11 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of interrogator

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Interrogator.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/interrogator?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=i&file=interr15. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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