Inquisitor definition

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An official whose work is examining, or making an inquisition.
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Any harsh or prying questioner.
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(historical) An official of the Inquisition.
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A person who inquires, especially searchingly or ruthlessly.
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An official of the ecclesiastical court of the Inquisition.
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One who inquires or makes an inquisition, especially a questioner who is excessively rigorous or harsh.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
inquisitor
Plural:
inquisitors

Origin of inquisitor

  • Middle English inquisitour from Latin inquīsītor from inquīsītus past participle of inquīrere to inquire into inquire

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French inquisiteur, from Latin inquīsītor

    From Wiktionary