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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
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- 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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"I know we had our bad episodes-the Roman Colosseum, the Spanish Inquisition and all that-but genocide and mass murder were never institutionalised, never part of our way of life.
Barring an illustrated edition of Bunyan's Holy War, with its fanged devils sporting their horns and tails in the infernal regions, the great terror of my infancy was a lurid coloured print entitled "All Hope Abandon", purporting to show what happened when the Spanish Inquisition got hold of you - which they undoubtedly would, my nurse assured me, if I didn't eat my crusts, or farted in church.
Joseph de Maistre introduced the thesis that the Spanish Inquisition was mostly a civil tribunal; formerly, however, theologians never questioned its ecclesiastical nature.