Inquisition Definition

ĭnkwĭ-zĭshən, ĭng-
noun
The act of inquiring; investigation.
Webster's New World

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.

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The activities of this tribunal.
Webster's New World
An inquest or any judicial inquiry.
Webster's New World
Any harsh or arbitrary suppression or punishment of dissidents or nonconformists.
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pronoun

A tribunal of the Roman Catholic Church set up to investigate and suppress heresy.

Wiktionary

(by extension) A harsh or rigorous interrogation that violates the rights of an individual.

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verb
(obsolete) To make inquisition concerning; to inquire into.
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Other Word Forms of Inquisition

Noun

Singular:
inquisition
Plural:
inquisitions

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

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