What does the word inquisitorial mean?

Usage examples for inquisitorial

  1. 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