inquisitor

[ in-kwiz-i-ter ]
/ ɪnˈkwɪz ɪ tər /

noun

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 confused

inquirer inquisitor
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inquisitor

/ (ɪnˈkwɪzɪtə) /

noun

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