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Definition a formal inquiry or investigation — typically into the cause of an undesirable event — often an investigation of an unexpected death
  • The coroner's inquest ruled the death a homicide.
inquest = formal inquiry or investigation
  • This kind of failure is always followed by an inquest that will want to blame someone.
  • inquest = formal investigation
  • A coroner's inquest determined that the death was from natural causes.
  • inquest = formal investigation
  • The question of an inquest had to be considered, and it would never do to put forward the truth, as no one would believe it.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • inquest = formal investigation into a death
  • 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
  • inquest = investigation of a death
  • Was that why he had gone off after the inquest so hurriedly?
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • inquest = formal investigation
  • All you have to concentrate on is your statement at the inquest.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • inquest = formal investigation
  • If we do not act properly and wisely, there may be an inquest, and that paper would have to be produced.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • inquest = formal investigation into a death
  • In case the coroner should demand it, there would be a formal inquest, necessarily to the same result.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • inquest = investigation of a death
  • I am in hopes that we need have no inquest, for if we had it would surely kill poor Lucy, if nothing else did.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • inquest = formal investigation into a death
  • The greatest interest, however, is with regard to the paper found in the bottle, which was today produced at the inquest.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • inquest = formal investigation into a death
  • At the inquest the Coroner exonerated me.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • inquest = formal investigation
  • For an inquest it couldn't have gone better.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • inquest = formal investigation
  • After all, people don't like a Coroner's Inquest, even if the Coroner did acquit me of all blame!
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • inquest = formal investigation
  • When Michaelis's testimony at the inquest brought to light Wilson's suspicions of his wife I thought the whole tale would shortly be served up in racy pasquinade — but Catherine, who might have said anything, didn't say a word.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • inquest = formal investigation
  • It is needless to say that the dead steersman has been reverently removed from the place where he held his honourable watch and ward till death, a steadfastness as noble as that of the young Casabianca, and placed in the mortuary to await inquest.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • inquest = formal investigation into a death
  • 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

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