Origin of inquisition
Examples from the Web for inquisition
They will be subjected to inquisition, and will await resurrection in the grave like any normal Muslim.An Ex-Radical's Open Letter to ISIS Fighters: Quit Now While You Can!|Maajid Nawaz|September 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Why is the agency getting what amounts to a free ride in the current inquisition?
“When you say ‘Christianity’ to Israelis they immediately think of the Holocaust and the [Spanish] Inquisition,” he told Haaretz.
Formerly the office of the Inquisition, the CDF now occupies itself with policing church doctrine.Pope Benedict XVI Appoints Catholic Church’s New Top Cop|Barbie Latza Nadeau|July 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Things began to take a farcical turn when the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform took over the inquisition.
As all the bishops in Spain were ordered to publish this brief, the Inquisition could not suppress it, however humiliating it was.A History of the Inquisition of Spain; vol. 3|Henry Charles Lea
A procession was held, in which the functionaries of the Inquisition took part.A History of Spain|Charles E. Chapman
As yet, as I said in the last lecture, there was no Inquisition in Mexico.English Seamen in the Sixteenth Century|James Anthony Froude
Returning to Valladolid, he acted as censor (cualificador) of books (including versions of the Bible) for the Inquisition.
The arm of the Inquisition was long, its watch was vigilant, and its weapons were subtle.Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam|Ephraim Emerton
British Dictionary definitions for inquisition (1 of 2)
Word Origin for inquisition
British Dictionary definitions for inquisition (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for inquisition
late 14c., "judicial investigation, act or process of inquiring," from Old French inquisicion "inquiry, investigation" (12c.), from Latin inquisitionem (nominative inquisitio) "a searching into, legal examination," noun of action from past participle stem of inquirere (see inquire).
In Church history, inquisitors were appointed from 382 C.E. to root out heretics, and the Inquisition refers to the ecclesiastical court (Congregation of the Holy Office) appointed 13c. by Innocent III to suppress heresy. It never operated in Britain. The capital letter form appeared in English only after c.1500, and usually refers to the office's reorganization 1478-1483 in Spain as what is commonly called the Spanish Inquisition.
Culture definitions for inquisition
A court established by the Roman Catholic Church in the thirteenth century to try cases of heresy and other offenses against the church. Those convicted could be handed over to the civil authorities for punishment, including execution.