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grand inquisitor

noun
1.
(often initial capital letters) the presiding officer of a court of inquisition.
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  • The grand inquisitor glanced to his brethren, and raised his hand.

    Leila, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Old Kit Turrel, the skipper, did not play the grand inquisitor on me.

    Confessions Of Con Cregan Charles James Lever
  • And the case has been postponed accordingly, answered the grand inquisitor.

    Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf George W. M. Reynolds
  • "We are the best judges of that," returned the grand inquisitor.

    A Noble Queen, Vol. 3 (of 3) Philip Meadows Taylor
  • But why, my dear mother, are you playing the grand inquisitor?

    The Marriage Contract Honore de Balzac
  • The grand inquisitor stepped forward, flourishing a mighty broadswordof wood.

    Whispering Tongues Homer Greene
  • The grand inquisitor rang a bell; the jailors entered, and Amine was led back to her dungeon.

    The Phantom Ship Frederick Marryat
  • It is reckoned a high honour conferred on those whom the grand inquisitor appoints to this office.

    The Phantom Ship Frederick Marryat
  • He presented to the grand inquisitor and the expectant duke two letters signed by the royal hand.

    Calderon The Courtier Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • But the grand inquisitor was almost as awful a personage; as the king or the pope.

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