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inquisition

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

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

Full Definition of INQUISITION

1
:  the act of inquiring :  examination
2
:  a judicial or official inquiry or examination usually before a jury; also :  the finding of the jury
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
in·qui·si·tion·al \-ˈzi-sh(ə-)nəl\ adjective

Examples of INQUISITION

  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 of INQUISITION

Middle English inquisicioun, from Anglo-French inquisition, from Latin inquisition-, inquisitio, from inquirere
First Known Use: 14th century

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