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inquest
used in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

5 uses
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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
  • It seemed to Tom that his schoolmates never would get done holding inquests on dead cats, and thus keeping his trouble present to his mind.
    Chapter 11 (83% in)
  • Injun Joe repeated his statement, just as calmly, a few minutes afterward on the inquest, under oath; and the boys, seeing that the lightnings were still withheld, were confirmed in their belief that Joe had sold himself to the devil.
    Chapter 11 (53% in)
  • Sid noticed that Tom never was coroner at one of these inquiries, though it had been his habit to take the lead in all new enterprises; he noticed, too, that Tom never acted as a witness—and that was strange; and Sid did not overlook the fact that Tom even showed a marked aversion to these inquests, and always avoided them when he could.
    Chapter 11 (88% in)
  • However, even inquests went out of vogue at last, and ceased to torture Tom's conscience.
    Chapter 11 (89% in)
  • He had been careful to begin both of his inquest-statements with the fight, without confessing the grave-robbery that preceded it; therefore it was deemed wisest not to try the case in the courts at present.
    Chapter 11 (98% in)

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