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Definition of Inquest


  1. Inquiry; quest; search.
  2. Judicial inquiry; official examination, esp. before a jury; as, a coroner's inquest in case of a sudden death.
  3. A body of men assembled under authority of law to inquire into any matterm civil or criminal, particularly any case of violent or sudden death; a jury, particularly a coroner's jury. The grand jury is sometimes called the grand inquest. See under Grand.
  4. The finding of the jury upon such inquiry.

Inquest Quotations

Whenever a husband and wife begin to discuss their marriage they are giving evidence at a coroner's inquest.
H. L. Mencken

Love, the quest; marriage, the conquest; divorce, the inquest.
Helen Rowland

They come together like the Coroner's Inquest, to sit upon the murdered reputations of the week.
William Congreve

I, Alexander B. Campbell, make this statement of the cause of my death to relieve the coroner of the necessity of an inquest, and also let my friends know the motive that led me to take my own life.
Alex Campbell
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Inquest Translations

inquest in German is Untersuchung, gerichtliche Untersuchung
inquest in Norwegian is likskue
inquest in Spanish is pesquisa
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