inquisition

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Inquisition \In'qui*si"tion\, verb (used with an object) To make inquisition concerning; to inquire into. [Obs.] --Milton.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Inquisition \In'qui*si"tion\, noun [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) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

Inquisition

noun

1: a former tribunal of the Roman Catholic Church (1232-1820) created to discover and suppress heresy

2: a severe interrogation (often violating the rights or privacy of individuals)

1. Caduceus  2. Golden Key  3. Scales of Justice (Or maybe, 1. HEALTH 2. SECURITY 3. JUSTICE?)

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