Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In ancient Rome, a member of one of two distinct classes of magistrates: One of two public accusers (quæstores parricidii) whose duty it was to lay accusations against those guilty of murder or other capital offense, and to see to the execution of the sentence. This magistracy was in existence at the earliest historic time, but became obsolete about 366 b. c., its functions being transferred to other officers.
- n. In the middle ages, one appointed by the Pope or by a Roman Catholic bishop to announce the granting of indulgences, of which the special condition was the giving of alms to the church.
- n. A treasurer; one charged with the collection and care of dues.
- n. alternative spelling of quaestor.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Rom. Antiq.) An officer who had the management of the public treasure; a receiver of taxes, tribute, etc.; treasurer of state.
“He accessed everything in his memory banks on the archetype of the Quest, and found that while the questor often had companions for much of his journey, there always came a point at which he or she must face a final test alone.”
“How'd you get to be a questor, young fellow?" asks Yarrl.”
“In 1547 he was sent to Rome and appointed questor for the community.”
“He therefore abandoned his studies with the consent of his superiors, and for many years was employed as cook and questor.”
“They are allowed to put an end to all criminal trials; to remove from the tribunals whoever they think fit; to decide by themselves on the most important matters; to delegate their power to a questor; to send about surveyors; and to ratify whatever the surveyor has reported to that single decemvir by whom he has been sent.”
“He whose questor you had been when general, whose master of the horse when he was dictator, to whom you had been the chief cause of war, the chief instigator of cruelty, the sharer of his plunder, his son, as you yourself said, by inheritance, proceeded against you for the money which you owed for the house and gardens, and for the other property which you had bought at that sale.”
“And, to say nothing of the stains and disgraces of his youth, what other remarkable event is there in his questorship, that first step to honor, except that Cnæus Carbo was robbed by his questor of the public money? that the consul was plundered and betrayed? his army deserted? his province abandoned? the holy nature and obligations imposed on him by lot violated?”
“Born in 100 B.C.; assassinated in 44; famous as general, statesman, orator, and writer; served in Mitylene in 80; captured by pirates in 76; questor in 68; pontifex maximus in 63; propretor in Spain in 61; member of the First”
“Born in Tusculum, Italy, in 234 B.C., died in 149; celebrated as statesman, general, and writer; questor under”
“I was questor, on the Idæan worship of the great mother being adopted.”
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