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grand inquisitor

(often initial capital letters) the presiding officer of a court of inquisition. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The grand inquisitor's chair was placed in a sort of tribunal far above that of the king.

  • And the case has been postponed accordingly, answered the grand inquisitor.

    Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf George W. M. Reynolds
  • He presented to the grand inquisitor and the expectant duke two letters signed by the royal hand.

    Calderon The Courtier Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • But why, my dear mother, are you playing the grand inquisitor?

    The Marriage Contract Honore de Balzac
  • The grand inquisitor was ex officio president for life of the royal council of the Inquisition.

  • The grand inquisitor stepped forward, flourishing a mighty broadswordof wood.

    Whispering Tongues Homer Greene
  • In these wonderful passages the reader is again and again reminded of Dostoievsky's grand inquisitor.

    Romain Rolland Stefan Zweig
  • It is reckoned a high honour conferred on those whom the grand inquisitor appoints to this office.

    The Phantom Ship Frederick Marryat
  • Are you all agreed”—addressing the assistants, “that what your grand inquisitor has stated is the exact truth?

  • Truly, it is a grand inquisitor; 'Twill search each petty heresy that taints Thy blood, and burn it to a cinder.

    The Scarlet Stigma James Edgar Smith

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