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Definition a formal inquiry or investigation — typically into the cause of an unexpected death or another undesirable event
  • The coroner's inquest ruled the death a homicide.
  • This kind of failure is always followed by an inquest that will want to blame someone.
  • All you have to concentrate on is your statement at the inquest.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • inquest = a formal inquiry or investigation — typically into the cause of an unexpected death or another undesirable event
  • He is understood to be in want of witnesses for the inquest tomorrow who can tell the coroner and jury anything whatever respecting the deceased.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • V. R. Ashton and S. Donnan, "Suicide by burning as an epidemic phenomenon: An analysis of 82 deaths and inquests in England and Wales in i978-79.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • There will be a certain amount of unpleasantness but I will have some photographs taken that will be very useful at the inquest.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber
  • There will have to be an inquest, and she should have waited to know what to do.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • On his way through the village he informed the police, who thanked him, and said there must be an inquest.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • You will stay with me until the Council holds the inquest.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The Inquest was over, the letter was public, the Bank was broken, the other model structures of straw had taken fire and were turned to smoke.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • The jury duly came and viewed the bodies, the inquest was held; and next arrived the melancholy morning of the funeral.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Yeah, as exciting as a coroner's inquest.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • The young Greek, Michaelis, who ran the coffee joint beside the ashheaps was the principal witness at the inquest.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Is it not designed as a method of NATIONAL INQUEST into the conduct of public men?
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • It is a NATIONAL INQUEST into the conduct of public men.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • There'd have to be an inquest and I should be blamed for not calling a doctor in.'
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • "But what I want to talk to you about is the inquest," now went on Mason quickly and sharply.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • You"ll have to go back to the inquest this afternoon."
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • Inquests of stunning objectivity were held and Annie learned for the first time how facts could be so subtly rearranged to render different truths.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • At the inquest the verdict was suicide.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment

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