[ in-kwiz-i-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr- ]
/ ɪnˌkwɪz ɪˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr- /


of or relating to an inquisitor or inquisition.
exercising the office of an inquisitor.
  1. pertaining to a trial with one person or group inquiring into the facts and acting as both prosecutor and judge.
  2. pertaining to secret criminal prosecutions.
resembling an inquisitor in harshness or intrusiveness.
inquisitive; prying.

Origin of inquisitorial

1755–65; < Medieval Latin inquīsītōri(us) (Latin inquīsītōr-, stem of inquīsītor inquisitor + -ius adj. suffix) + -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM inquisitorial

in·quis·i·to·ri·al·ly, adverbin·quis·i·to·ri·al·ness, nounun·in·quis·i·to·ri·al, adjectiveun·in·quis·i·to·ri·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for inquisitorial

/ (ɪnˌkwɪzɪˈtɔːrɪəl) /


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)

Derived forms of inquisitorial

inquisitorially, adverbinquisitorialness, noun
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