American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who inquires or makes an inquisition, especially a questioner who is excessively rigorous or harsh.
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.
- n. A person who inquires, especially searchingly or ruthlessly.
- n. An official of the ecclesiastical court of the Inquisition.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. rare An inquisitive person; one fond of asking questions.
- n. (Law) One whose official duty it is to examine and inquire, as coroners, sheriffs, etc.
- n. (R.C.Ch.) A member of the Court of Inquisition.
- n. an official of the ecclesiastical court of the Inquisition
- n. a questioner who is excessively harsh
- 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)
“But in the light of such deafening coolness, the inner inquisitor is easily drowned out.”
“if the word inquisitor had been invented he could have worn it like an old coat settling into the dark corners of its meaning with comfort.”
“And then – if, that is, my inquisitor had not gathered up her children and fled my toxic presence – I would provide her with the following list:”
“Maimon explained to the representative he was already a rabbi and then, assuming his inquisitor was a man of enlightenment like Mendelssohn, chattered on about some of his more radical interpretations of the Talmud.”
“And then - if, that is, my inquisitor had not gathered up her children and fled my toxic presence - I would provide her with the following list:”
“My inquisitor was a tall man in an ulster, with a green felt hat on his small head.”
“The inquisitor was my old friend, comrade, and hero Steve Lafreniere, so it was a lot of fun.”
“And her inquisitor was the so-called 'Birther Bishop', Anabaptist minister Ron McCrae, who is deeply opposed to Obama, and - say critics - cynically set out to trap her.”
“The inquisitor was a rewarding class to play, and we almost felt like an all-powerful puppet master when wielding our dark powers from afar.”
“Ask him to tell you the "inquisitor" story sometime.”
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