waterboarding

noun

wa·​ter·​board·​ing ˈwȯ-tər-ˌbȯr-diŋ How to pronounce waterboarding (audio)
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: an interrogation technique usually regarded as a form of torture in which water is forced into a detainee's mouth and nose so as to induce the sensation of drowning

Examples of waterboarding in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The suspects kidnapped a man at gunpoint after mistaking him for someone who owed them money, prosecutors said Three men have been charged with kidnapping, waterboarding and torturing a Florida man, who then called in a bomb threat in order to be rescued by the police. Michael Lee Simpson, Peoplemag, 18 Oct. 2023 Florida men charged with kidnapping, waterboarding and torturing man in case of mistaken identity First responders found the house engulfed in flames, police said. Nadine El-Bawab, ABC News, 18 Oct. 2023 Under Feinstein’s leadership, the intelligence committee conducted a wide-ranging, five-year investigation into CIA interrogation techniques during President George W. Bush’s administration, including waterboarding of terrorism suspects at secret overseas prisons. Michael R. Blood, Fortune, 29 Sep. 2023 The negotiations, which have been ongoing for more than a year, are a result of concerns that the prisoners had been subjected to torture, including waterboarding, by the CIA and that that could hurt prosecutors' cases against them, as detailed in a New York Times report. Ashley Oliver, Washington Examiner, 23 Aug. 2023 The men were all held for years by the C.I.A. and subjected to waterboarding or other forms of torture before they were brought to Guantánamo Bay in 2006. Carol Rosenberg, New York Times, 19 Sep. 2023 Tens of thousands more were imprisoned and tortured with rapes, beatings, electric shocks and waterboarding in the following years. Amanda Lee Myers, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2023 The negotiations, which have been ongoing for more than a year, are a result of concerns that the prisoners had been subjected to torture, including waterboarding, by the CIA and that that could hurt prosecutors' cases against them, the New York Times report. Samantha-Jo Roth, Washington Examiner, 28 Aug. 2023 The Bush administration maintained that waterboarding and other interrogation methods did not constitute torture as defined by U.S. and international law. Dallas News, 22 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

2004, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of waterboarding was in 2004

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“Waterboarding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waterboarding. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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