third degree

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third degree

The use of coercive and illegal methods by police to obtain a confession or information from a suspect.

third degree

(Law) informal torture or bullying, esp used to extort confessions or information

third′ degree′

intensive questioning and rough treatment in order to get a confession.
[1895–1900, Amer.]


to subject to the third degree.
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Noun1.third degree - interrogation often accompanied by torture to extort information or a confessionthird degree - interrogation often accompanied by torture to extort information or a confession
interrogatory, examination, interrogation - formal systematic questioning
výslech třetího stupně
rendőri kínvallatás
hrottaleg yfirheyrsla
výsluch tretieho stupňa
şiddet kullanarak sorguya çekmek

third degree

n to give sb the third degree (fam) (interrogation) → fare il terzo grado a qn


(θəːd) noun
1. one of three equal parts.
2. (also adjective) the last of three (people, things etc); the next after the second.
in the third position. John came first in the race, and I came third.
ˈthirdly adverb
in the third place. Firstly, I haven't enough money; secondly, I'm too old; and thirdly it's raining.
ˌthird-ˈclass adjective, adverb
of or in the class next after or below the second.
third degree
a severe method of questioning people, sometimes using torture etc. The police gave him the third degree.
third party
a third person who is not directly involved in an action, contract etc. Was there a third party present when you and she agreed to the sale?
ˌthird-ˈrate adjective
of very bad quality. a third-rate performance.
the Third World
the developing countries, those not part of or aligned with the two main powers. the needs of the Third World.
References in classic literature ?
But for the third degree, which is simulation, and false profession; that I hold more culpable, and less politic; except it be in great and rare matters.
Those who are responsible for the third degree of the Order of the Yellow Crayon, and for your Majesty's ignorance concerning its existence, have trifled with the destiny of the greatest sovereign of modern times.
Sabin said firmly, "is responsible for the existence of the third degree.
Of course he knew nothing about the second or third degree members and our methods.
From the problem of the licence in cross-examination, their talk strayed to Roman and mediaeval torture, to the examining magistrate in France and the Third Degree in America.
In 2011, by order of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, he was awarded with the distinction of "For Fidelity to the Law" of the third degree.
In addition, JAMIE ROTONDARO and the two companies are each charged with an additional count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree and one count of Insurance Fraud in the Third Degree for stealing employee retirement savings and committing insurance fraud.
He was taken to the Qasimi Hospital, where doctors said he suffered third degree burns.