from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of inquiring into a matter; an investigation. See Synonyms at inquiry.
- n. Law An inquest.
- n. Law The verdict of a judicial inquiry.
- n. A tribunal formerly held in the Roman Catholic Church and directed at the suppression of heresy.
- n. An investigation that violates the privacy or rights of individuals.
- n. A rigorous, harsh interrogation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an investigation or inquiry into the truth of some matter
- n. an inquest
- n. a questioning
- v. To make inquisition concerning; to inquire into.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of inquiring; inquiry; search; examination; inspection; investigation.
- n. Judicial inquiry; official examination; inquest.
- n. The finding of a jury, especially such a finding under a writ of inquiry.
- n. 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.
- transitive v. To make inquisition concerning; to inquire into.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To subject to inquisition or inquiry; investigate.
- n. The act of inquiring; close search or examination; investigation; inquiry.
- n. In law: Inquiry by a jury impaneled by the sheriff, a coroner, or a board of commissioners, to ascertain facts necessary for judicial or legal purposes other than the trial of an action.
- n. The document embodying the result of such inquiry.
- n. [capitalized] In the Roman Catholic Church, an ecclesiastical court, officially styled the Holy Office, for the suppression of heresy by the detection and punishment of heretics and by other means.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a severe interrogation (often violating the rights or privacy of individuals)
- n. a former tribunal of the Roman Catholic Church (1232-1820) created to discover and suppress heresy
Nothing quite says 'medieval' the way the word 'inquisition' does.
Nothing quite says medieval the way the word 'inquisition' does.
This Wall Street inquisition is just political theater.
Whether or not Mr. Levant may possess by ideology or by virtue of his religious or ethnic lineage, a certain bias which would present a kind of imbalance in impartial argument, it cannot be said that Mr. Levant did not possess the freedom of expression to publish the Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, and the undue expenses he incurred from that earlier inquisition is the real crime.
It was the forecast to each man of what each man might expect in inquisition hall.
So I got a couple of paragraphs written, a passable but over priced lunch was consumed but I didn’t want to linger for the next round of inquisition from the lonely woman.
The open flames recall the inquisition he didn't live through, and the sweet, dripping, falling-off-the-bone meat reminds us of why we adhere to the Catholic faith and not the religion of his Moorish oppressors: it doesn't ban bacon!
In their notice, The Alliance had said that my inquisition was to be a closed "executive" session.
The inquisition was the great machine, the comprehensive torturer, ready to squeeze out alike the heart and the gold.
She then took a light and descended into the cellar -- here her inquisition was the same.
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