Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who inquires or makes an inquisition, especially a questioner who is excessively rigorous or harsh.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who inquires, especially searchingly or ruthlessly.
  • n. An official of the ecclesiastical court of the Inquisition.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An inquisitive person; one fond of asking questions.
  • n. One whose official duty it is to examine and inquire, as coroners, sheriffs, etc.
  • n. A member of the Court of Inquisition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who inquires or investigates; particularly, one whose official duty it is to inquire and examine: as, the inquisitors of the Holy Office or Inquisition.
  • n. An inquisitive or curious person.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an official of the ecclesiastical court of the Inquisition
  • n. a questioner who is excessively harsh

Etymologies

Middle English inquisitour, from Latin inquīsītor, from inquīsītus, past participle of inquīrere, to inquire into; see inquire.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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