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Tomás de Torquemada, 15th-century Spanish Dominican friar and Grand Inquisitor

An inquisitor was an official (usually with judicial or investigative functions) in an Inquisition; an organization or program intended to eliminate heresy and other things contrary to the doctrine or teachings of the Catholic faith. Literally, an inquisitor is one who "searches out" or "inquires" (Latin inquirere < quaerere, 'to seek').

Prominent inquisitors[edit]

Some of the more well-known inquisitors throughout history include:

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