- 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
Examples from the Web for inquisitorial
By contrast, the European system is described as "inquisitorial."
So Rangel, bereft of that narrative, chose instead to question the intelligence of a pesky, inquisitorial journalist.
Unflinchingly he stands the inquisitorial glance, and for the time Phoebe is foiled.The Death Shot|Mayne Reid
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.
This uplifting illusion made him inquisitorial and peremptory.The Shadow-Line|Joseph Conrad
Fouché had lately been deprived by Bonaparte of the inquisitorial powers which he so unscrupulously used.The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)|John Holland Rose
Alexander lost no time in repeating with him the comedy of an inquisitorial trial, which we have seen performed with Ezzelin.A History of The Inquisition of The Middle Ages; volume II|Henry Charles Lea