[ in-kwiz-i-ter ]
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  1. a person who makes an inquisition.

  2. a questioner, especially an unduly curious or harsh one.

  1. a person who investigates in an official capacity.

  2. a member of the Inquisition.

Origin of inquisitor

1495–1505; <Latin inquīsītor, equivalent to inquīsī-, variant stem of inquīrere to inquire + -tor-tor

Words that may be confused with inquisitor

Words Nearby inquisitor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use inquisitor in a sentence

  • When the ranchman did not reply, his inquisitor seemed amused.

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British Dictionary definitions for inquisitor


/ (ɪnˈkwɪzɪtə) /

  1. a person who inquires, esp deeply, searchingly, or ruthlessly

  2. (often capital) an official of the ecclesiastical court of the Inquisition

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