- An example of an inquisition was a time between 1232 and 1820 when the Catholic Church used torture and other unkind means to try to identify religious heresy.
- An example of an inquisition is the thorough review into your background and the intense interrogation you are subject to when you are being investigated for a potential murder you have been accused of committing.
- the act of inquiring; investigation
- a general tribunal established by the Roman Catholic Church in the 13th cent. for the discovery and suppression of heresy and the punishment of heretics; often, specif., Spanish Inquisition
- the activities of this tribunal
- any harsh or arbitrary suppression or punishment of dissidents or nonconformists
- any severe or intensive questioning
- an inquest or any judicial inquiry
- the written finding of such an inquiry
Origin of inquisitionMiddle English inquicisioun from Old French inquisition from Classical Latin inquisitio from inquisitus, past participle of inquirere
- The act of inquiring into a matter; an investigation. See Synonyms at inquiry.
- Law An inquest.
- a. Inquisition A tribunal formerly held in the Roman Catholic Church and directed at the suppression of heresy.b. An investigation that violates the privacy or rights of individuals, especially through rigorous or harsh interrogation.c. A rigorous or severe questioning: “Looking pained at having to endure another inquisition [from the press, the football coach] assumed his usual monotone as he parried questions” ( Judy Battista )
Origin of inquisitionMiddle English inquisicioun from Old French inquisicion from Latin inquīsītiō inquīsītiōn- from inquīsītus past participle of inquīrere to inquire ; see inquire .
(third-person singular simple present inquisitions, present participle inquisitioning, simple past and past participle inquisitioned)
- (obsolete) To make inquisition concerning; to inquire into.
From Old French inquisicion, from Latin inquisitio