was an official in an Inquisition
, an organisation or program intended to eliminate heresy
and other things frowned on by the Roman Catholic Church
. Literally, an inquisitor is one who "searches out" or "inquires" (Latin inquirere
, "to seek").
The chief inquisitor of an Inquisition was often called the Grand Inquisitor.
Some of the more well-known inquisitors throughout history include: