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Inquisition meaning

inquisition - 6 dictionary results

  1. 1. The act of inquiring; inquiry; search; examination; inspection; investigation.
  2. 2. Judicial inquiry; official examination; inquest.
  3. 3. The finding of a jury, especially such a finding under a writ of inquiry.
  4. 4. A court or tribunal for the examination and punishment of heretics, fully established by Pope Gregory IX. in 1235. Its operations were chiefly confined to Spain, Portugal, and their dependencies, and a part of Italy.
  5. 5. To make inquisistion concerning; to inquire into.
  6. 6. Judicial inquiry; tribunal for the trial of heretics.

inquisition - examples of usage

  1. Now, my lords, what fruit of our inquisition?
  2. The superstition of the ordinary newspaper reader is just as profound, and the tyranny of the majority may be just as injurious as the superstition of a Spanish peasant, or the tyranny of the Inquisition.
  3. We leave thus the torturing of texts in the dim cells of the theological Inquisition, a process by which almost any confession required can be and has been wrung from the unfortunate victims, and emerge into the open daylight of common- sense and reason.
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