Definitions

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  • n. A thorough inquiry or search.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A thorough inquiry of search.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Diligent search or inquiry.

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Examples

  • The driver instituted, with the palms of his hands, a superficial perquisition into the state of his skeleton; which seemed to make him anxious.

    The Mystery of Edwin Drood

  • They did not make a thorough search, but gave her to understand that if any further attempts were made to annoy the duchess they would institute a strict perquisition -- a threat which had so great an effect upon the ambassadress that she immediately burnt her copy of the

    Celebrated Claimants from Perkin Warbeck to Arthur Orton

  • James of York has been but four days a king, he had already made perquisition for such as may be useful to him, not in settling the crown upon his head, but in carrying off this people and kingdom, a bound sacrifice to the blind idol which he worshippeth at Rome.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 344, June, 1844

  • That it was the inference drawn by the Pope and clung to even some time after the crime and while rumours of a different sort were rife, is shown by the perquisition made in the house of Antonio Pico della Mirandola, who had a daughter whom it was conceived might have been the object of the young duke's nocturnal visit, and whose house was near the place where Gandia was flung into the Tiber.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia

  • That it was the inference drawn by the Pope and clung to even some time after the crime and while rumours of a different sort were rife, is shown by the perquisition made in the house of Antonio Pico della Mirandola, who had

    The Life of Cesare Borgia

  • With a jesting compliment upon the success of the formula and an intimation that he would like more such entertainment, John departed next day well pleased with his perquisition.

    Masters of the Guild

  • You speak of having saved me from a perquisition, -- a perquisition in the rooms of a diplomatist is a serious matter, Monsieur le Préfet, and I tell you quite frankly that I should have resisted such an outrage in every way in my power!

    The Uttermost Farthing

  • It was suggested at the Préfecture to-day that it would be well to make a perquisition, not only in Mrs. Pargeter's own house, but also in the houses of some of her intimates.

    The Uttermost Farthing

  • In the summer of 1862, the police appeared in the school and made a perquisition.

    Leo Tolstoy: Childhood and Early Manhood

  • The orders were to make a perquisition at ten o'clock this same evening in the chateau of Mortaine as the Marquis was supposed to be in hiding there, and in any event to arrest every man, woman, and child who was found within its walls.

    The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel

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