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1 a questioner who is excessively harsh [syn: interrogator]
2 an official of the ecclesiastical court of the Inquisition

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

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This article is about the religious office in historic Christianity. For other uses, see Inquisitor (disambiguation).
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.
inquisitor in Catalan: Inquisidor
inquisitor in Danish: Inkvisitor
inquisitor in Spanish: Inquisidor

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