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inquisition

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noun in·qui·si·tion \ˌin-kwə-ˈzi-shən, ˌiŋ-\

Simple Definition of inquisition

  • the Inquisition : an organization in the Roman Catholic Church in the past that was responsible for finding and punishing people who did not accept its beliefs and practices

  • : a harsh and unfair investigation or series of questions

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of inquisition

  1. 1 :  the act of inquiring :  examination

  2. 2 :  a judicial or official inquiry or examination usually before a jury; also :  the finding of the jury

  3. 3 a capitalized :  a former Roman Catholic tribunal for the discovery and punishment of heresy b :  an investigation conducted with little regard for individual rights c :  a severe questioning

inquisitional

play \-ˈzi-sh(ə-)nəl\ adjective

Examples of inquisition in a sentence

  1. His political enemies were conducting an inquisition into the details of his personal life.

  2. <there's no need to conduct an inquisition about so trivial a matter>



Origin and Etymology of inquisition

Middle English inquisicioun, from Anglo-French inquisition, from Latin inquisition-, inquisitio, from inquirere


First Known Use: 14th century


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inquisition

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noun in·qui·si·tion \ˌin-kwə-ˈzi-shən, ˌiŋ-\

Legal Definition of inquisition

  1. 1 :  the act of inquiring or examining

  2. 2 :  a judicial or official inquiry or examination usually before a jury; also :  the finding that results from such an inquiry






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