Part of speech: noun

A judicial inquiry, as concerning a sudden death.

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Usage examples "inquest":

  1. Why didn't you tell this at the inquest. - "The Mandarin's Fan", Fergus Hume.
  2. Ef I was to lay for a man that I reckoned was named Jones, and after I fetched him I found out on the inquest that his real name was Smith, that wouldn't make no matter, as long as I got the man. - "Drift from Two Shores", Bret Harte.
  3. A month after the marriage, the body of this brother was found in the Thames, near London Bridge; there seemed some marks of violence about his throat, but they were not deemed sufficient to warrant the inquest in any other verdict than that of " found drowned." - "The Boy Scouts Book of Stories", Various.