What does the word inquisitorial mean?

Usage examples for inquisitorial

  1. The Puritan community of Massachusetts Bay, whose spirit we may happily contrast with that of the Pilgrims whose anniversary we celebrate, must have been as disagreeable to live in as any that history records; not only were the physical conditions of life hard, but its inquisitorial intolerance overmatched that which it escaped in England. – The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner by Charles Dudley Warner
  2. Texas had been a member of our family: in her infancy had been driven from the paternal roof, surrendered to the government of harsh, inquisitorial Spain; but, true to her lineage, preserved the faith of opposition to monarchical oppression. – The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2) by Jefferson Davis
  3. The evils of the conscription, of a heavy taxation, of an inquisitorial police, and of a totally enslaved press- these, and all other evils attendant on this elaborate system of military despotism, were endured for so many years chiefly in consequence of the skill with which Napoleon, according to his own favourite language, knew " to play on the imagination," and gratify the vanity of the French people. – The History of Napoleon Buonaparte by John Gibson Lockhart