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inquisitor

Definition of inquisitor

Noun

inquisitor (plural inquisitors)

  1. A person who inquires, especially searchingly or ruthlessly.
  2. An official of the ecclesiastical court of the Inquisition.

Further reading

An inquisitor was an official in an Inquisition, an organisation or program intended to eliminate heresy and other things frowned on by the Roman Catholic Church. Literally, an inquisitor is one who "searches out" or "inquires" (Latin inquirere < quaerere, "to seek").

The chief inquisitor of an Inquisition was often called the Grand Inquisitor.

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