Result from Foreign Dictionaries (2 entries found)
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
Inquisitorial \In*quis`i*to"ri*al\, a. [Cf. F. inquisitorial.]
1. Pertaining to inquisition; making rigorous and unfriendly
inquiry; searching; as, inquisitorial power. "Illiberal
and inquisitorial abuse." --F. Blackburne.
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.
2. Pertaining to the Court of Inquisition or resembling its
practices. "Inquisitorial robes." --C. Buchanan.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
adj 1: 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 [ant:
2: 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
3: having the authority to conduct official investigations; "the
inquisitorial power of the Senate"
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