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Definition of "inquisition" []

  • The act of inquiring into a matter; an investigation. See Synonyms at inquiry. (noun)
  • Law An inquest. (noun)
  • Law The verdict of a judicial inquiry. (noun)
  • A tribunal formerly held in the Roman Catholic Church and directed at the suppression of heresy. (noun)
  • An investigation that violates the privacy or rights of individuals. (noun)
  • The act of inquiring deeply or searchingly; investigation (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A deep or searching inquiry, esp a ruthless official investigation of individuals in order to suppress revolt or root out the unorthodox (noun)
  • An official inquiry, esp one held by a jury before an officer of the Crown (noun)

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Use "inquisition" in a sentence
  • "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."