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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.
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