inquisitor

noun in·quis·i·tor \ in-ˈkwi-zə-tər \
|Updated on: 14 Jul 2018

Definition of inquisitor

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

inquisitorial

play \in-ˌkwi-zə-ˈtȯr-ē-əl\ adjective

inquisitorially

play \in-ˌkwi-zə-ˈtȯr-ē-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of inquisitor in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of inquisitor

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INQUISITOR Defined for English Language Learners

inquisitor

Definition of inquisitor for English Language Learners

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

  • : a member or officer of the Inquisition



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