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in·quis·i·tor

 (ĭn-kwĭz′ĭ-tər)
n.
One who inquires or makes an inquisition, especially a questioner who is excessively rigorous or harsh.

[Middle English inquisitour, from Latin inquīsītor, from inquīsītus, past participle of inquīrere, to inquire into; see inquire.]

inquisitor

(ɪnˈkwɪzɪtə)
n
1. a person who inquires, esp deeply, searchingly, or ruthlessly
2. (Historical Terms) (often capital) an official of the ecclesiastical court of the Inquisition

in•quis•i•tor

(ɪnˈkwɪz ɪ tər)

n.
1. a person who makes an inquisition.
2. a questioner, esp. an unduly harsh one.
3. a member of the Inquisition.
[1495–1505; < Latin]
in•quis`i•to′ri•al, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.inquisitor - a questioner who is excessively harsh
asker, enquirer, inquirer, querier, questioner - someone who asks a question
2.Inquisitor - an official of the ecclesiastical court of the Inquisition
Grand Inquisitor - director of the court of Inquisition (especially in Spain and Portugal)
functionary, official - a worker who holds or is invested with an office

inquisitor

noun
2. One who conducts an official inquiry, usually with no regard for human rights:
Translations

inquisitor

[ɪnˈkwɪzɪtəʳ] Ninquisidor m

inquisitor

[ɪnˈkwɪzɪr] ninquisiteur/trice m/f

inquisitor

n (Hist Eccl) → Inquisitor m; (fig)Inquisitor(in) m(f)

inquisitor

[ɪnˈkwɪzɪtəʳ] n (Rel) → inquisitore m
References in classic literature ?
Cide Hamete adds that this marvellous contrivance stood for some ten or twelve days; but that, as it became noised abroad through the city that he had in his house an enchanted head that answered all who asked questions of it, Don Antonio, fearing it might come to the ears of the watchful sentinels of our faith, explained the matter to the inquisitors, who commanded him to break it up and have done with it, lest the ignorant vulgar should be scandalised.
If this be the design of it, who can so properly be the inquisitors for the nation as the representatives of the nation themselves?
No doubt their chief aim was artistic torture, but some at least of the inquisitors must have had a touch of scientific curiosity.
Then, having removed a plank from his floor, and nothing remaining but a simple ceiling between him and the room beneath, in which the interrogatories were made, he heard all that passed between the inquisitors and the accused.
The table around which they had sat was there still, and likewise the stations where the masked inquisitors and executioners formerly stood, frozen, upright and silent, till they received a bloody order, and then, without a word, moved off like the inexorable machines they were, to carry it out.
But even if jailers and inquisitors had not felt sure that the structure of the building was such that no watch was needed below, the level of the Pozzi dungeons being several steps below the threshold, it was possible gradually to raise the earthen floor without exciting the warder's suspicions.
She meditated continually how the incubus could be shaken off her life--how she could be freed from this hateful bond to a being whom she at once despised as an imbecile, and dreaded as an inquisitor.
The attitude of inquisitor turned its ignobler face, and with the same movement Newman declared that the Bellegardes should have another chance.
I saw a frail little man with a long, yellow face and sunken fanatical eyes, an Inquisitor, an unfrocked monk.
His heart warms to him when he can bring forward some example of cruelty or meanness, and he exults like an inquisitor at the
Do you know that I am called Florian Barbedienne, actual lieutenant to monsieur the provost, and, moreover, commissioner, inquisitor, controller, and examiner, with equal power in provostship, bailiwick, preservation, and inferior court of judicature?
Blifil suffered himself to be overpowered by the forcible rhetoric of the squire; and it being agreed that Western should close with Allworthy that very afternoon, the lover departed home, having first earnestly begged that no violence might be offered to the lady by this haste, in the same manner as a popish inquisitor begs the lay power to do no violence to the heretic delivered over to it, and against whom the church hath passed sentence.