• WordNet 3.6
    • adj inquisitive showing curiosity "if someone saw a man climbing a light post they might get inquisitive","raised a speculative eyebrow"
    • adj inquisitive inquiring or appearing to inquire "an inquiring look","the police are proverbially inquisitive"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Spanish Inquisition once condemned the entire Netherlands to death for heresy.
    • n Inquisitive A person who is inquisitive; one curious in research.
    • Inquisitive Disposed to ask questions, especially in matters which do not concern the inquirer. "A wise man is not inquisitive about things impertinent."
    • Inquisitive Given to examination, investigation, or research; searching; curious. "A young, inquisitive , and sprightly genius.""We curious are to hear,
      What happens new."
      "This folio of four pages [a newspaper], happy work!
      Which not even critics criticise; that holds Inquisitive attention, while I read."
      "Nor need we with a prying eye survey
      The distant skies, to find the Milky Way."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • inquisitive Addicted to inquiry or research; disposed to seek information; given to prying into matters; eagerly curious.
    • inquisitive Marked by inquiry; questioning; curious; hence, searching out; bringing to view.
    • inquisitive Synonyms Prying, etc. (see curious), inquiring.
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  • Horace
    “Avoid inquisitive persons, for they are sure to be gossips, their ears are open to hear, but they will not keep what is entrusted to them.”
  • Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
    Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
    “Who originated that most exquisite of inquisitions, the condolence system?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. inquisitif, F. inquisitif,


In literature:

The latter evidently saw rocks ahead if the inquisition was to be extended to the whole party.
"The Right Stuff" by Ian Hay
In the presence of those two inquisitive young women Major Duplay did not deny the debt.
"Tristram of Blent" by Anthony Hope
Your brother is no doubt long since dead, probably at the hands of the Inquisition.
"The Cruise of the Nonsuch Buccaneer" by Harry Collingwood
His father was in an inquisitive mood.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
The fears were that he had been carried off by the Inquisition.
"The Golden Grasshopper" by W.H.G. Kingston
They had counted the cost, and well knew that should the Inquisition discover their proceedings, the stake would be their doom.
"The Last Look" by W.H.G. Kingston
We speak of the horrors of the Inquisition as things of the past.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 102, April, 1866" by Various
Diedrich Meghem was a brave man, but the Inquisition, he knew too well, was not an institution to be trifled with.
"The Ferryman of Brill" by William H. G. Kingston
We reached the town, and carried on business as usual, without any interference from the officials of the Inquisition.
"The Wanderers" by W.H.G. Kingston
He immediately gave notice to the Inquisition.
"The Pacha of Many Tales" by Frederick Marryat
The Santa Casa, or Inquisition of Goa, is situated on one side of a large square, called the Terra di Sabaio.
"The Phantom Ship" by Frederick Marryat
It was then he established that scourge of Europe, THE INQUISITION.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
In a state of freedom, horses are swift, fierce, and inquisitive; they herd together in large numbers.
"Anecdotes of the Habits and Instinct of Animals" by R. Lee
But I mustn't be inquisitive.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
It was beneath the Palazzo del Podesta that the dungeons of the criminal prison and also those of the inquisition were situated.
"Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf" by George W. M. Reynolds
Is it not Christian reputations that are smirched in that Inquisition?
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
The ministers who denounce me for expressing my thought would have been in the Inquisition themselves.
"The Ghosts" by Robert G. Ingersoll
She had no right to expose the petitions of these unhappy creatures to Trudi's inquisitive and diverted eyes.
"The Benefactress" by Elizabeth Beauchamp
An Inquisition in the reign of Henry VII.
"A History of Horncastle from the earliest period to the present time" by James Conway Walter
In a moment a knot of inquisitive travellers gathered around her.
"The Great Court Scandal" by William Le Queux

In poetry:

(largendo con sp.) Now this is the position,
Go make an inquisition
Into their real condition
As swiftly as ye may.
"The Masque of Plenty" by Rudyard Kipling
Who chattering pauses, half inquisitive,
Half-heedless of some strange vague sentiment
As of some far-off wistful memory;
Who cannot know she did not always live;
"Melbourne Sonnets: XVI. At The Aquarium" by E J Rupert Atkinson
Through the offered bosom of Donna De Vine--
And this is the Count's condition ...
Was he right, was he wrong? the question is mine,
To judge--for the Inquisition.
"At The Corregidor’s" by Madison Julius Cawein
Fear grandeurs, O soul.
And if you cannot overcome
your ambitions, pursue them with hesitation
and caution. And the more you advance,
the more inquisitive, careful you must be.
"The Ides of March" by Constantine P Cavafy
The legions of cruel inquisitive They
Were so many and big like dogs: he was upset
By Germans and boats; affection was miles away:
But guided by tears he successfully reached his Regret.
"Edward Lear" by W H Auden
I may not ponder here nor muse,
Nor let the plain truth designate
The things it would. The hangman's noose
Unmans, deters, doth reinstate
The inquisition and its hell
Of terror, tyrannous and fell.
"Lines To Caste" by Samuel Alfred Beadle

In news:

Whoever said inquisitions and witch hunts were things of the past.
Apes seem like hairier versions of ourselves—playful, inquisitive and quick to throw feces when angered.
It takes an inquisitive mind to explore these mysteries…or at least to ask the right questions.
Today, David McCallum, also known as " Ducky ", Dr Donald Mallard, the inquisitive NCIS chief medical examiner, is celebrating his 79th birthday.
) adult cat renown for her amazing hide and seek skills, and inquisitive nature.
Our recent interview with Peter Gabriel was more than just the Genesis Inquisition.
Inquiry by congressional committee looks like inquisition to many Muslims.
Yes, an inquisitive mind can make quite an impression — if your queries are barking up the right tree.
A new inquisition of earthquake scientists.
L Motley, thought similarly, and so did Lea, although the Philadelphian was determined to document the Inquisition 's methods and modes of operation.
Asked an inquisitive woman seated next to me at a screening on the first Saturday morning of this year's Sundance Film Festival.
The inquisitiveness of the cow really is striking and very consistent from cow to cow.
WBEZ's Curious City brings its inquisitive audience into the reporting action.
GLENS FALLS – Most flute players are inquisitive and voracious when it comes to literature for their instrument.

In science:

Finally, Cardano was thrown into prison by the inquisition for heresy, for making the horoscope of Christ[Guerlac, 2].
On the Complete Solution to the Most General Fifth Degree Polynomial
They have always been supportive of me, and encouraged my inquisitive mind at an early age.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
At this time Brian’s interest in the natural world blossomed. A large farm with a variety of wildlife to study and farm equipment to dismantle is an ideal environment for an inquisitive young mind.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
They helped to develop Brian’s inquisitive nature, and taught him the value of doing something that most take for granted—thinking.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
The author is most grateful to all participants to these lectures, whether in Benin or at AIMS, for their keen and genuine interest and their many inquisitive questions, and wishes to thank Profs.
A Pedestrian Introduction to the Mathematical Concepts of Quantum Physics
The truth has been blocked again and again by the status quo, by the ”real world” preferring tales of stable knowledge to inquisitive minds learning to crawl across, and with, the doubt.
Dream of a Christmas lecture
The attentive and inquisitive reader may have noticed that in Section 4 we showed that for the matrices of norm bounded above by x, there was a probability of order 1/x of finding a parabolic, while this probability decreases exponentially fast for the graph walk model.
Generic Phenomena in Groups -- Some Answers and Many Questions