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Spanish Inquisition


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  • proper n. an extension of the Papal Inquisition, set up in 15th century Spain, to investigate and punish converted Jews and Muslims thought to be insincere.
  • proper n. Excessive questioning or interrogation

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an inquisition initiated in 1478 by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella that guarded the orthodoxy of Catholicism in Spain (especially from the 15th to the 17th centuries)


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  • Come and see - we won't call the Spanish Inquisition on you!

    Archive 2007-11-01

  • The Liberals would like Canadians to see Stephen Harper as somewhat less cuddly than Dracula, and the Tory Party is an engine of reaction and repression compared to which the Spanish Inquisition was the early Vatican's idea of a quiz show.

    Peace, order and good government, eh?: January 2006 Archives

  • It changes across time, he said, pointing to the earliest known manuscript fragment of Genesis, a section of the Dead Sea Scrolls, a Jewish Torah the five books of Moses from the time of the Spanish Inquisition, and more.

    New museum to use science to tell Bible's history

  • Over at the Honda fan site they're in the midst of a high-tech Spanish Inquisition, with John Mendel , American Honda's executive vice president for sales, as guest of honor.

    Honda's Sporty New Civic, Heavy on the 'Ick'

  • The doctor's drill, likely purchased at the Going Out of Business sale of the Spanish Inquisition, was belt-driven and had a non-factory-installed feature that varied its speed at random intervals.

    Mark Steinberg: My Doctor Says I'm Not Dead But I Want a Second Opinion

  • Traders and commentators in London, whose default way of thinking is to trace a direct line from the Spanish Inquisition and Armada to the euro via Richelieu, Napoleon and the Luftwaffe, are perennially in danger of underestimating how deeply the idea of "Europe" is synonymous with peace and order, and how real, how recent and how awful the alternatives are in Continental minds.

    Home of the Butter Mountain Still Has Considerable Reserves of Good Old Fudge

  • Dennis Kearney's political posturing and racist rhetoric led to the 1877 Chinese Exclusion Act and Joseph McCarthy's 1954 guilt-by-association anti-commie campaign led Americans through their own political version of the Spanish Inquisition.

    Lisa Sharon Harper: King's Hearings Worth A Tweet, Not A Speech

  • No mention of Torquemada, who made the Spanish Inquisition a precursor of modern ideological persecution; or of Holy Week in Seville, with its special cult of penance; or of St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila, standard-bearers of Spanish Christianity.

    Taking A Separate Path

  • Any priest or member of the clergy who ordered the burning of "heretics" during the Spanish Inquisition; any member of the Gestapo or SS in '30-'40's Germany during the rise of the Nutsy Party; any immunologist who labors in HIV research purely for financial gain and accompanying social status, as she truly believes "they'll NEVER cure A.I.D.S.!" apparently enough to commit to even saying such a thing — out loud — ever!

    What I Have to Call a "Family"

  • •The world's largest private collection of Jewish scrolls, spanning more than 700 years of history dating to the Spanish Inquisition.

    Green Collection boasts rare Bibles and more


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  • "Tough love for heretics" - from the US situational comedy "Frasier" episode with "Dr Nora", at the 6.20 mark.

    February 26, 2011