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quaestor

[kwes-ter, kwee-ster] /ˈkwɛs tər, ˈkwi stər/
noun, Roman History
1.
one of two subordinates of the consuls serving as public prosecutors in certain criminal cases.
2.
(later) one of the public magistrates in charge of the state funds, as treasury officers or those attached to the consuls and provincial governors.
Also, questor.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English questor < Latin quaestor, equivalent to quaes-, base of quaerere to seek + -tor -tor
Related forms
quaestorial
[kwe-stawr-ee-uh l, -stohr-, kwee-] /kwɛˈstɔr i əl, -ˈstoʊr-, kwi-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
quaestorship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for quaestorial

quaestor

/ˈkwiːstə; -tɔː/
noun
1.
any of several magistrates of ancient Rome, usually a financial administrator
Derived Forms
quaestorial (kwɛˈstɔːrɪəl) adjective
quaestorship, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin, from quaerere to inquire
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