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[ US /ˌɪnkwəˈzɪʃən/ ]
[ UK /ˌɪnkwɪsˈɪʃən/ ]
  1. a severe interrogation (often violating the rights or privacy of individuals)
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How To Use inquisition In A Sentence

  • In his book he traces the shameful collaboration between government personnel officers and the D.C. vice squads that fueled inquisitions, investigations and systematic removals of gay people from federal agencies.
  • The force of this movement makes the inquisition seem like a tea party. Times, Sunday Times
  • Several pages of this book recall the salutary rigour of the Dragonades; and that odious passage, in which a man distinguished for his talents and his private virtues, the Count de Maistre (Soirees de St. Petersbourg tome 2 page 121) justifies the Inquisition of Portugal “which he observes has only caused some drops of guilty blood to flow.” Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America
  • In order to avoid charges of heresy (the Inquisition were always sniffing around him), Nostradamus wrote in a deliberately vague and obscure manner.
  • Excommunication threatened the eternal life of heretics and schismatics, while the Holy Inquisition concentrated the minds of defiant Catholics by handing them over to the civil power for a spot of torture or burning.
  • This cockamamie human rights inquisition outfit found him guilty of hate.
  • Torquemada was the inquisitor general for the Spanish Inquisition
  • They chew hasheesh; cut themselves with poisoned creases; swing their hammock in the boughs of the Bohon Upas; taste every poison; buy every secret; at Naples, they put St. Januarius’ blood in an alembic; they saw a hole into the head of the “winking Virgin, ” to know why she winks; measure with an English footrule every cell of the Inquisition, every Turkish caaba, every Holy of holies; translate and send to Bentley the arcanum bribed and bullied away from shuddering Bramins; and measure their own strength by the terror they cause. VIII. English Traits. Character
  • Like Galileo's trial before the Inquisition, this was not an argument about truth but a struggle for power, a sign of the religious dogmatism of the Counter-Reformation.
  • In the assembly of the estates, therefore, held at Toledo, 1480, in spite of all opposition, it was determined to establish a tribunal, under the name of the general inquisition (_general inquisicion suprema_). Mysticism and its Results Being an Inquiry into the Uses and Abuses of Secrecy
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