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
the Spanish Inquisition

Examples of the Inquisition in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But as her notoriety grows, so does the danger that her Jewish blood will doom her to the Inquisition’s wrath. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 19 Mar. 2024 And once again he was called before the Inquisition—this time he was found guilty of heresy. Melissa Breyer, Treehugger, 19 June 2023 Among the scores of people Sherwin also interviewed were Haakon Chevalier, Oppenheimer’s onetime best friend whose Communist ties in part formed the basis of the inquisition against him, and Edward Teller, whose testimony at the 1954 hearing helped end his career. Andy Kifer, New York Times, 11 July 2023

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“The Inquisition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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