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inquisitor

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Definition a questioner who is excessively harsh

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an officer of the Inquisition
  • Though he didn't think they had the right to demand his testimony, he was polite to his inquisitors.
  • Senator Walsh, the Senate's most famed and feared inquisitor, warned him he was risking the fate of Oilman Harry Sinclair, who went to prison for contempt of the Senate.
    Time Magazine  --  Cannon v. Inquisitors  --  http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,739524,00.html (retrieved 04/15/08)
  • 15th century inquisitors were on the lookout for witches.
  • inquisitors = a questioner who is excessively harsh
  • He was the tormentor, he was the protector, he was the inquisitor, he was the friend.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • inquisitor = harsh questioner
  • She looked at me the way an inquisitor must have glared at his poor victims.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  A Lesson Before Dying
  • inquisitor = a questioner who is excessively harsh
  • The Inquisitor keeps asking me questions I can't answer.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • inquisitor = someone whose job is to ask questions for an investigation — typically in an excessively harsh manner
  • The Inquisitor threatened him
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • inquisitor = an officer of the Inquisition (who could question and punish people thought to be heretical or immoral)
  • '"I think the appointment of the Inquisitor is a first step towards ensuring that Hogwarts has a headmaster in whom we can all repose our confidence," said a Ministry insider last night.'
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • inquisitor = an investigator (with the implication that questioning will be excessively harsh)
  • Naturally all the glory belonged to the victim and all the shame to the Inquisitor who burned him.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • inquisitor = harsh questioner
  • The scientist of today is either a mixture of psychologist and inquisitor, studying with real ordinary minuteness the meaning of facial expressions, gestures, and tones of voice, and testing the truth-producing effects of drugs, shock therapy, hypnosis, and physical torture; or he is chemist, physicist, or biologist concerned only with such branches of his special subject as are relevant to the taking of life.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • inquisitor = harsh questioner
  • It was the Grand Inquisitor descending over us, the top of his head a shiny skin cap.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • The attitude of inquisitor turned its ignobler face, and with the same movement Newman declared that the Bellegardes should have another chance.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • I leave that to the inquisitors.
    Eugene Ionesco  --  Rhinoceros
  • If this be the design of it, who can so properly be the inquisitors for the nation as the representatives of the nation themselves?
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • The proper inquisitors are the representatives of the nation.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Jean Louise turned to her inquisitor, a young woman with a small hat, small features, and small sharp teeth.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • He was sharply retrieved by his inquisitor.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • A grand inquisitor might have envied that smile.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • No doubt their chief aim was artistic torture, but some at least of the inquisitors must have had a touch of scientific curiosity.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • Minos, the strict inquisitor, appears; And lives and crimes, with his assessors, hears.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid

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