Spanish Inquisition


noun

the Inquisition in Spain, under state control from 1480 to 1834, marked by the extreme severity and cruelty of its proceedings in the 16th century.

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British Dictionary definitions for spanish inquisition

Spanish Inquisition

noun

the institution that guarded the orthodoxy of Catholicism in Spain, chiefly by the persecution of Jews and Muslims, esp from the 15th to 17th centuriesSee also Inquisition
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Cultural definitions for spanish inquisition

Spanish Inquisition

The church court of the Inquisition, as established in Spain in the late fifteenth century. (See also Tomás de Torquemada (see also Torquemada).)

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