- a person who makes an inquisition.
- a questioner, especially an unduly curious or harsh one.
- a person who investigates in an official capacity.
- a member of the Inquisition.
Origin of inquisitor
Examples from the Web for inquisitor
Katherine rose and gazed at him with the austerity of an inquisitor.Audrey Craven
In vain did the Inquisitor of the Faith strive to shake his constancy.The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)
Henry Martyn Baird
Phelps was not asking me these things, the inquisitor was actually telling me.Highways in Hiding
George Oliver Smith
"I will tell the Inquisitor you wish to see him," the bald guard said.
"The Inquisitor calls you when he wants you," the bald man said.
- a person who inquires, esp deeply, searchingly, or ruthlessly
- (often capital) an official of the ecclesiastical court of the Inquisition
Word Origin and History for inquisitor
c.1400, from Old French inquisiteur (c.1400) or directly from Latin inquisitor "searcher, examiner," in law, "an investigator, collector of evidence," agent noun from Latin inquirere (see inquire). As the title of an officer of the Inquisition, from 1540s. Related: Inquisitorial.