inquisitionist

inquisitionist

[in-kwuh-zish-uh-nist, ing-]
noun
an inquisitor.

Origin:
1880–85; inquisition + -ist

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inquisition (ˌɪnkwɪˈzɪʃən)
 
n
1.  the act of inquiring deeply or searchingly; investigation
2.  a deep or searching inquiry, esp a ruthless official investigation of individuals in order to suppress revolt or root out the unorthodox
3.  an official inquiry, esp one held by a jury before an officer of the Crown
4.  another word for inquest
 
[C14: from legal Latin inquīsītiō, from inquīrere to seek for; see inquire]
 
inqui'sitional
 
adj
 
inqui'sitionist
 
n

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