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inquisition


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Inquisition  \In`qui*si"tion\,  v.  t. 
  To  make  inquisistion  concerning;  to  inquire  into  [Obs.] 
  --Milton. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Inquisition  \In`qui*si"tion\,  n.  [L.  inquisitio  :  cf  F. 
  inquisition.  See  {Inquire},  and  cf  {Inquest}.] 
  1.  The  act  of  inquiring;  inquiry;  search;  examination; 
  inspection;  investigation. 
 
  As  I  could  learn  through  earnest  inquisition. 
  --Latimer. 
 
  Let  not  search  and  inquisition  quail  To  bring  again 
  these  foolish  runaways.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  (Law) 
  a  Judicial  inquiry;  official  examination;  inquest. 
  b  The  finding  of  a  jury,  especially  such  a  finding  under 
  a  writ  of  inquiry.  --Bouvier. 
 
  The  justices  in  eyre  had  it  formerly  in  charge 
  to  make  inquisition  concerning  them  by  a  jury  of 
  the  county.  --Blackstone. 
 
  3.  (R.  C.  Ch.)  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  inquisition 
  n  :  a  severe  interrogation 




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