in·​quis·​i·​tor | \in-ˈkwi-zə-tər \

Definition of inquisitor 

: one who inquires or makes inquisition especially : one who is unduly harsh, severe, or hostile in making an inquiry

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Other Words from inquisitor

inquisitorial \ in-​ˌkwi-​zə-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​əl \ adjective
inquisitorially \ in-​ˌkwi-​zə-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​ə-​lē \ adverb

Examples of inquisitor in a Sentence

He had to answer his inquisitors' questions or be thrown out of school.

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The parliament made an exception and added one specialist to the panel of inquisitors: the MEP who led on GDPR, Jan Philipp Albrecht, a German politician from the Green Party who is due to step down in July. Natalia Drozdiak, WSJ, "What Could Facebook’s Zuckerberg Be Quizzed on at European Hearing?," 22 May 2018 Don’t wait for your busybody inquisitor to react to your explanation. New York Times, "A Protégé Behaves Badly. Should You Remain His Mentor?," 1 June 2018 Spencer Platt Getty Images As Facebook (fb, +0.40%) CEO Mark Zuckerberg finished his forced march through Congress, his inquisitors were left mumbling confusedly about data-scraping and the Dark Web. James Scott, Fortune, "Commentary: Sweden Actually Protects its Residents’ Data. America Should Take Note.," 13 Apr. 2018 Some of his inquisitors appeared annoyed by Mr Zuckerberg’s rehearsed responses, but that did not stop many onlookers from being chuffed by his smooth, slightly robotic, performance. The Economist, "If Facebook will not fix itself, will Congress?," 11 Apr. 2018 Rupert Everett co-stars as the merciless inquisitor Bernard Gui, who prosecutes any who criticize the pope and is out to destroy the Franciscan Order itself. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "A Novel Approach as Producers Revive Decades-Old Books for TV," 9 Apr. 2018 Throughout her news conference, Ledecka seemed less astounded that a ski racer who splits her time on the snowboarding pro circuit could win an Olympic Alpine gold medal than her inquisitors. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "Snowboarder Ester Ledecka Shocks Lindsey Vonn and the Super-G Field," 18 Feb. 2018 On Tuesday afternoon he could be found at the Augusta Best Inn parking lot, alternating between texts, phone calls and ride-up inquisitors. Teddy Greenstein,, "So you want to buy a Masters ticket from a broker? Here’s what you should know," 3 Apr. 2018 Bailey was the last witness to appear before Justice Donald Alexander, and he had been prepped by his attorney to throw himself on the mercy of his inquisitor. Andrew Goldman, Town & Country, "The Rise and Fall of F. Lee Bailey, the Lawyer Who Set O.J. Simpson Free," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of inquisitor

1504, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of inquisitor

: a person who asks many difficult questions in a harsh or unkind way

: a member or officer of the Inquisition

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