inquisitor


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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 ?
His heart warms to him when he can bring forward some example of cruelty or meanness, and he exults like an inquisitor at the auto da fe of an heretic when with some forgotten story he can confound the filial piety of the Rev.
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.
He is a determined and relentless man, with the genuine character of an inquisitor; and had he any object to gain by putting Clifford to the rack, I verily believe that he would wrench his joints from their sockets, in order to accomplish it.
I saw a frail little man with a long, yellow face and sunken fanatical eyes, an Inquisitor, an unfrocked monk.
The attitude of inquisitor turned its ignobler face, and with the same movement Newman declared that the Bellegardes should have another chance.
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?--"
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. For a long while she lived in the hope that my evident wretchedness would drive me to the commission of suicide; but suicide was not in my nature.
he does for a living?" pursued my inquisitor keenly.
Certainly wife and children are a kind of discipline of humanity; and single men, though they may be many times more charitable, because their means are less exhaust, yet, on the other side, they are more cruel and hardhearted (good to make severe inquisitors), because their tenderness is not so oft called upon.
If this be the design of it, who can so properly be the inquisitors for the nation as the representatives of the nation themselves?
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.