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Definition of 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

There is nothing intrinsic linking any religion with any act of violence. The crusades don't prove that Christianity was violent. The Inquisition doesn't prove that Christianity tortures people. But that Christianity did torture people.
Salman Rushdie

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

The secrets of slavery are concealed like those of the Inquisition.
Harriet Ann Jacobs

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

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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