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

1495–1505; < Latin inquīsītor, equivalent to inquīsī-, variant stem of inquīrere to inquire + -tor -tor
Can be confusedinquirer inquisitor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for inquisitor

interrogator, researcher, investigator, asker, prober

Examples from the Web for inquisitor

Historical Examples of inquisitor

  • Katherine rose and gazed at him with the austerity of an inquisitor.

    Audrey Craven

    May Sinclair

  • In vain did the Inquisitor of the Faith strive to shake his constancy.

  • 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.


    Laurence Mark Janifer (AKA Larry M. Harris)

  • "The Inquisitor calls you when he wants you," the bald man said.


    Laurence Mark Janifer (AKA Larry M. Harris)

British Dictionary definitions for inquisitor



a person who inquires, esp deeply, searchingly, or ruthlessly
(often capital) an official of the ecclesiastical court of the Inquisition
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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.

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