- pertaining to a trial with one person or group inquiring into the facts and acting as both prosecutor and judge.
- pertaining to secret criminal prosecutions.
Origin of inquisitorial
Related Words for inquisitorialanalytical, impertinent, inquiring, inquisitive, interested, interfering, intrusive, investigative, meddlesome, meddling, nosy, prurient, prying, puzzled, questioning, searching, snoopy, examining, peeping, peering
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I intend to be inquisitorial, as the committee say they are,--but not impertinently so.Slavery Ordained of God
Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
On the other hand, the officials were inquisitorial and rapacious.The Siege of Boston
This uplifting illusion made him inquisitorial and peremptory.The Shadow-Line
Unflinchingly he stands the inquisitorial glance, and for the time Phoebe is foiled.The Death Shot
The proceeding, too, was inquisitorial, not accusatorial: it required no accusers.Not Paul, But Jesus