Inquisition meaning

ĭnkwĭ-zĭshən, ĭng-
The act of inquiring into a matter; an investigation.
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The definition of an inquisition is a series of questions or a severe interrogation, especially by an official source.

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.

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An inquest.
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The act of inquiring; investigation.
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An investigation or inquiry into the truth of some matter.
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The finding of a jury, especially such a finding under a writ of inquiry.

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(obsolete) To make inquisition concerning; to inquire into.

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A tribunal of the Roman Catholic Church set up to investigate and suppress heresy.
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(by extension) A harsh or rigorous interrogation that violates the rights of an individual.
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Origin of inquisition

  • Middle English inquisicioun from Old French inquisicion from Latin inquīsītiō inquīsītiōn- from inquīsītus past participle of inquīrere to inquire inquire

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French inquisicion, from Latin inquisitio

    From Wiktionary