[in-kwiz-i-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-]
- of or relating to an inquisitor or inquisition.
- exercising the office of an inquisitor.
- 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.
- resembling an inquisitor in harshness or intrusiveness.
- inquisitive; prying.
Origin of inquisitorial
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Examples from the Web for inquisitorial
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
- of, relating to, or resembling inquisition or an inquisitor
- offensively curious; prying
- law denoting criminal procedure in which one party is both prosecutor and judge, or in which the trial is held in secretCompare accusatorial (def. 2)
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