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Definition of Inquisition

Inquisition

  1. The act of inquiring; inquiry; search; examination; inspection; investigation.
  2. Judicial inquiry; official examination; inquest.
  3. The finding of a jury, especially such a finding under a writ of inquiry.
  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. To make inquisistion concerning; to inquire into.

Inquisition Quotations

The old Inquisition had its rack and its thumbscrews and its instruments of torture with iron teeth.
Rose Schneiderman

The Marxist analysis has got nothing to do with what happened in Stalin's Russia: it's like blaming Jesus Christ for the Inquisition in Spain.
Tony Benn

If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the inquisition might have let him alone.
Thomas Hardy

We've got jihadists. That doesn't mean that all Muslims are problems with respect to terrorism, but there is something going on here. We've got a problem dealing with one aspect of one portion of modern Islam - just as hundreds of years ago the world had a problem with Torquemada and the Spanish Inquisition.
James Woolsey

The Philippines is a terrible name, coming from Spain. Phillip II was the father of the inquisition, who I believe died of syphilis. It is my great regret that we didn't change the name of our country.
Imelda Marcos
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