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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Inquest \In"quest\, n. [OE. enqueste, OF. enqueste, F.
enqu[^e]te, LL. inquesta, for inquisita, fr. L. inquisitus,
p. p. of inquirere. See Inquire.]
1. Inquiry; quest; search. [R.] --Spenser.
The laborious and vexatious inquest that the soul
must make after science. --South.
(a) Judicial inquiry; official examination, esp. before a
jury; as, a coroner's inquest in case of a sudden
(b) A body of men assembled under authority of law to
inquire into any matter, 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.
(c) The finding of the jury upon such inquiry.
Coroner's inquest, an inquest held by a coroner to
determine the cause of any violent, sudden, or mysterious
death. See Coroner.
Inquest of office, an inquiry made, by authority or
direction of proper officer, into matters affecting the
rights and interests of the crown or of the state.
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