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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 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

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

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

A prisoner in the Inquisition is never allowed to see the face of his accuser, or of the witnesses against him, but every method is taken by threats and tortures, to oblige him to accuse himself, and by that means corroborate their evidence.
John Foxe

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