Interjection

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Interjection Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    interjection n
  1. an abrupt emphatic exclamation expressing emotion [syn: ejaculation]
  2. the action of interjecting or interposing an action or remark that interrupts [syn: interposition, interpolation, interpellation]
Interjection Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Interjection \In`ter*jec"tion\, n. [L. interjectio: cf. F. interjection. See Interject.]
  1. The act of interjecting or throwing between; also, that which is interjected. The interjection of laughing. --Bacon.
  2. (Gram.) A word or form of speech thrown in to express emotion or feeling, as O! Alas! Ha ha! Begone! etc. Compare Exclamation. An interjection implies a meaning which it would require a whole grammatical sentence to expound, and it may be regarded as the rudiment of such a sentence. But it is a confusion of thought to rank it among the parts of speech. --Earle. How now! interjections? Why, then, some be of laughing, as, ah, ha, he! --Shak.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Interjection'


In grammar, an interjection or exclamation is a lexical category used to express an isolated emotion on the part of the speaker (although most interjections have clear definitions). Filled pauses such as uh, er, um, are also considered interjections. Interjections are typically placed at the beginning of a sentence or in a sentence by themselves.

The word "interjection" literally means "thrown in between" from the Latin inter ("between") and iacere ("throw"). Interjections are generally uninflected function words and have sometimes been seen as sentence-words, because they can replace or be replaced by a whole sentence (they are holophrastic). Sometimes, however, interjections combine with other words to form sentences, but not with finite verbs. When an exclamation point is not needed, a comma can take the place.

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