- (often initial capital letters) the presiding officer of a court of inquisition.
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As the office of grand-inquisitor was vacant, he wished to suppress it, and place Portugal under the dominion of that of Spain.
But the stuff of which a grand-inquisitor is made is not apt to be of the yielding sort.
In such a light, we may be quite sure, it would be viewed both by Philip and his minister, the grand-inquisitor.
The grand-inquisitor was clothed with an authority before which the monarch himself might tremble.
Among the enemies raised by Carranza's success, the most implacable was the grand-inquisitor, Valds.