third degreethird degree
- in Freemasonry, the degree of master mason
Origin of third degreeorigin, originally uncertain or unknown; perhaps figurative, figuratively use of ritual by FreemasonsInformal harsh, grueling treatment and questioning, as of a prisoner in order to force a confession or exact information: often preceded by the
The use of coercive and illegal methods by police to obtain a confession or information from a suspect.
From Freemasonry - the intensive test to become a master mason.
- (law) The least severe cases of murder, burglary or various other felonies.
- He was recently convicted of third-degree manslaughter because of his drunken-driving accident.
- (of a burn) Causing severe scarring, loss of epidermis, subcutaneous tissue and possibly of hair, which is more damaging than first-degree, second-degree and less than fourth-degree burns.
Sometimes also written as in the third degree or 3rd degree.