- an official whose work is examining, or making an inquisition
- any harsh or prying questioner
- Historical an official of the Inquisition
Origin of inquisitorOld French inquisiteur ; from Classical Latin inquisitor ; from inquisitus, past participle : see inquire
One who inquires or makes an inquisition, especially a questioner who is excessively rigorous or harsh.
Origin of inquisitorMiddle English inquisitour, from Latin inqu&imacron;s&imacron;tor, from inqu&imacron;s&imacron;tus, past participle of inqu&imacron;rere, to inquire into; see inquire.
From Old French inquisiteur, from Latin inquīsītor