Third-degree meaning

The use of coercive and illegal methods by police to obtain a confession or information from a suspect.
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In Freemasonry, the degree of master mason.
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(informal) Harsh, grueling treatment and questioning, as of a prisoner in order to force a confession or exact information.
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When I came home at 4am, my dad really gave me the third degree.

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(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.

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(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.
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Origin of third-degree

  • From Freemasonry - the intensive test to become a master mason.

    From Wiktionary