rendition |renˈdiSHən|
rendition |renˈdiSHən|
1 a performance or interpretation, esp. of a dramatic role or piece of music: a wonderful rendition of "Nessun Dorma."
• a visual representation or reproduction: a pen-and-ink rendition of Mars with hissword drawn.
• a translation or transliteration.
2 (also extraordinary rendition )the practice of sending a foreign criminal or terrorist suspect covertly to be interrogated in a country with less rigorous regulations for the humane treatment of prisoners.
ORIGIN early 17th cent.: from obsolete French, from rendre 'give back, render.'
word trends: Although recorded as far back as 1980, the new sense of rendition is generally regarded as a product of the 'War on Terror.' It refers to the morally and legally ambiguous practice of sending suspects to be questioned in countries known to use harsh interrogation techniques and even torture. The Oxford English Corpus has shown a steady increase in examples throughout the last decade, with a particular rise in the phr
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