• WordNet 3.6
    • adj inquisitorial having the authority to conduct official investigations "the inquisitorial power of the Senate"
    • adj inquisitorial marked by inquisitive interest; especially suggestive of an ecclesiastical inquisitor "the press was inquisitorial to the point of antagonism","a practical police force with true inquisitorial talents"- Waldo Frank"
    • adj inquisitorial especially indicating a form of prosecution in which proceedings are secret and the accused is questioned by a prosecutor who acts also as the judge
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Inquisitorial Pertaining to inquisition; making rigorous and unfriendly inquiry; searching; as, inquisitorial power. "Illiberal and inquisitorial abuse.""He conferred on it a kind of inquisitorial and censorious power even over the laity, and directed it to inquire into all matters of conscience."
    • Inquisitorial Pertaining to the Court of Inquisition or resembling its practices. "Inquisitorial robes."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • inquisitorial Pertaining to inquisition; specifically, pertaining to the Inquisition, or resembling its practices; making strict or searching inquiry.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. inquisitorial,


In literature:

But perhaps I doubted the inquisitorial capacity of her conscience.
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
To escape the fangs of inquisitorial power, the historian of Naples flew from Naples on the publication of his immortal work.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
But neither Scrooby, nor any other place, was secure from the inquisitorial interference of the high church functionaries.
"The International Monthly, Volume 5, No. 3, March, 1852" by Various
But Lesbia was already on her way towards the Inquisitorial Chamber.
"Loyal to the School" by Angela Brazil
Upon concluding our inquisitorial proceedings, we returned to the ship.
"Los Gringos" by H. A. (Henry Agustus) Wise
In Europe the inquisitorial system is gradually being abandoned.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various
Doubtless she spoke to you of the Inquisitorial stake in Carcassonne where one of my ancestors perished.
"Doom of the House of Duryea" by Earl Peirce
The actual horrors of the inquisitorial vaults were, I imagine, in general much exaggerated.
"The Pictureque Antiquities of Spain;" by Nathaniel Armstrong Wells
His glance was now as stern in its inquisitorial questioning as steel.
"The Tempering" by Charles Neville Buck
He immediately recognized Gallardo by his genteel bearing and the athletic jauntiness with which he wore the inquisitorial vestment.
"The Blood of the Arena" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez

In news:

Cecily and Gwendolyn's Fantastical Anthropological Inquisitorial Probe.