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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Mental or physical torture used to obtain information or a confession from a prisoner.

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  • n. intensive rough interrogation in order to extract information or a confession.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. interrogation often accompanied by torture to extort information or a confession

Etymologies

From Freemasonry - the intensive test to become a master mason. (Wiktionary)

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