anacrisis

noun an·a·cri·sis \ˌanəˈkrīsə̇s\

Definition of anacrisis

plural

anacrises

\-īˌsēz\
  1. :  an investigation of truth in a civil law case in which the interrogation and inquiry are often accompanied by torture

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Origin and Etymology of anacrisis

Greek anakrisis examination of the parties concerned in a lawsuit, from anakrinein to examine, interrogate, from ana- + krinein to choose, determine, separate — more at crisis


First Known Use: circa 1773


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